Dundee Precious Metals Inc.

Dundee Precious Metals Inc.

April 16, 2010 07:43 ET

Dundee Precious Metals Inc.: Bulgarian Court Renders Final Decision Revoking Chelopech EIA Resolution

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 16, 2010) - Dundee Precious Metals Inc. ("DPM" or the "Company") (TSX:DPM)(TSX:DPM.WT)(TSX:DPM.WT.A) has announced that the final decision of the Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria on the EIA Resolution for the metals processing facility at the Chelopech mine was issued on April 15, 2010 and confirms the previous decision of the three member panel rendered on November 4, 2009. This decision revokes the EIA resolution issued by the Ministry of Environment and Waters ("MoEW") and cites the following reasons:

  1. the two and one-half year delay between the public hearings of the EIA and the date the EIA resolution was issued;
  2. that the impacted communities were incorrectly defined by the MoEW; and
  3. the autoclave/pressure oxidation technology proposed was deemed not to be based on best available techniques on an industrial scale operation with the same concentrate as that of the Chelopech mine.

Jonathan Goodman, President and Chief Executive Officer of DPM, stated: "While we are disappointed with the decision, it in no way impacts the mine/mill expansion to 2 million tonnes a year that is currently underway at Chelopech. Our plan is clear and the recent acquisition of the Tsumeb smelter in Namibia secures the processing of our fully expanded Chelopech production."

Dundee Precious Metals Inc. is a Canadian based, international mining company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and mining of precious metals. DPM owns the Chelopech mine, a producing gold/copper mine, and the Krumovgrad Gold Project, a mining development project both located in Bulgaria, as well as a 95% interest in the Kapan Mine in Armenia. DPM recently acquired Namibia Custom Smelters (Pty) Limited which processes, in addition to Chelopech concentrate, third party concentrates. It is also engaged in mineral exploration activities in Serbia.


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Contact Information

    Jonathan Goodman
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (416) 365-2408
    Lori Beak
    Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Secretary
    (416) 365-5165