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Scandium International's mine lease for Nyngan is under review after objection

Scandium International Mining Corp. received a notification from the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment that it is reviewing the grant of a mine lease to the company's EMC Metals Australia Pty. Ltd. unit for the Nyngan scandium project in Australia.

The company said Jan. 2 that it does not expect the outcome of the review to affect its ability to bring the project into production.

The review is in response to an objection originally filed in mid-2016, but only verified as compliant in mid-2018, by a landowner who holds surface ownership over part of the 874-hectare mine lease area. The owner claims his property is classed as agricultural land.

CEO George Putnam said, "We intend to present an appeal on the validity of both the technical and practical aspects of this objection."

He added that the landowner has surface rights over the east pit, which is not scheduled for mining until year seven, providing a substantial period of time to find a resolution.

The company was granted a 21-year mine lease for the project in 2017.