VANCOUVER, BC – BioteQ Environmental Technologies, Inc. (TSX : BQE), has successfully completed a pilot plant campaign for the removal of selenium from waters occurring at Seabridge Gold’s KSM Project located in Northwestern BC. The pilot plant was operated by BioteQ in 2014 and into the first quarter of 2015 using the company’s patent-pending Selen-IX™ treatment technology. The completion of the piloting campaign within a one year timeline after the issuance of the BC Environmental Assessment Certificate on July 30, 2014 was a key condition of the certificate for Seabridge Gold and further demonstrates BioteQ’s solution to treat elevated selenium concentrations in impacted waters.
Seabridge Gold Chairman and CEO Rudi Fronk stated, “Successful completion of the pilot plant test achieves a further milestone in KSM’s ongoing transition from exploration to development. The success of the pilot plant confirms the technical feasibility of the treatment technology that was proposed during the recently completed KSM environmental assessment review process. The results provide further evidence that KSM has been designed to operate in an environmentally responsible manner.”
BioteQ President & CEO, David Kratochvil said, “We are extremely pleased with the successful demonstration of our Selen-IX™ treatment technology to reduce selenium concentrations to 1 ppb on water extracted from the KSM project site. The completion of this pilot plant further supports our business development efforts by emphasizing our commitment and capabilities in technology development in strategic areas of the overall mine water treatment market, including those projects situated in BC.”
BioteQ Corporate Profile
BioteQ is a service provider that specializes in treating mining wastewater and specific hydrometallurgical streams with the focus on reducing Life Cycle Costs while achieving compliance and introducing sustainability into water management. We have extensive expertise and operations experience in sulphide precipitation, ion exchange, alkali/lime neutralization and SART process technologies. Over the past decade, BioteQ has designed and commissioned plants at mine sites for leading organizations including Glencore Canada, Freeport McMoRan, Jiangxi Copper and the US EPA and is currently operating six plants under long-term contracts. These plants remove dissolved metals and sulphate to well below the required regulatory discharge limits while reducing or eliminating the production of waste sludge and/or recovering valuable metals from waste streams for sale which reduces the life cycle cost of water treatment. BioteQ is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada and trades on the TSX under the symbol BQE. Please visit our website at www.bqewater.com for additional information.
Seabridge Gold Corporate Profile
Seabridge holds a 100% interest in several North American gold resource projects. The Company’s principal assets are the KSM property located near Stewart, British Columbia, Canada and the Courageous Lake gold project located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. For a breakdown of Seabridge’s mineral reserves and resources by project and category please visit the Company’s website at http://www.seabridgegold.net/resources.php.
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