SOURCE: Colorado Goldfields Inc.

Colorado Goldfields Inc.

December 21, 2011 08:30 ET

Colorado Goldfields Inc. Convenes Summit With Senior Consulting Engineering Team; Sets Final Design Completion Date of January 15, 2012

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LAKEWOOD, CO--(Marketwire - Dec 21, 2011) - Colorado Goldfields Inc.'s (OTCQB: CGFIA) (PINKSHEETS: CGFIA) Special Consulting Engineer, Stephen C. Fearn recently talked with engineer Wayne Dale, who is completing the final piece of the Company's upcoming reclamation permit amendment submission to the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Ming and Safety ("Division").

Mr. Fearn: What work is required to complete the design of the Dry Stack Tailings Repository?

Mr. Dale: The Avalanche Study has been completed and with the completion of the Avalanche study new design considerations were identified which are now being addressed. We now need to finish the design of the containment system. With the completed design of the containment system we will address the issues necessary to assure the Division of the stability of the tailings repository during the different stages of tailings placement and for final site closure. This will be addressed by the results of the seismic study which is currently in progress. The last phase of the containment design will incorporate features in the embankment design to ensure protection from the 100 year flood event.

Mr. Fearn: What is the initial designed size and capacity of the dry stack repository?

Mr. Dale: The initial design capacity of the first cell is approximately 100,000 tons. The expected capacity of the first unit (cells 1 and 2) will be approximately 250,000 tons. The first cell will be approximately 200 feet wide and 500 feet long. The second cell will be approximately 200 feet wide and 400 feet long. After completion of cells 1 and 2, additional tailings will be placed into the volume between the two cells. This develops approximately 7 acres of the 35 acre repository site.

Mr. Fearn: Why is it important and what problems do we avoid by completing each of these items prior to submitting the permit amendment application?

Mr. Dale: The most important thing to do is submit the most complete and detailed Permit Amendment to the Division for their review. This will allow the Division to do a onetime comprehensive review of the amendment, rather than having to pass-through the entire submittal multiple times. This has been a common mistake in the past.

Mr. Fearn: What is the schedule for completion of these items and is their completion interdependent?

Mr. Dale: With the completion of the avalanche study, all inter-dependencies have been removed. We estimate that the final design for inclusion in the permit amendment application will be completed by January 15, 2012.

Mr. Fearn: How does providing a complete design to the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety with the Permit Amendment Application reduce the time required for Permit Approval?

Mr. Dale: One of the reasons that permitting can take so long (as we've seen with other operators in the area), is that designs are submitted on a conceptual level with references to "further detailed analysis later." All this does is slow the evaluation process. A one-time comprehensive review will eliminate multiple submittals, which are in the form of answers to "adequacy issues." Each one of those can add weeks to approval process. We are going to avoid that.

Mr. Fearn: How is the current dry stack design providing superior protection to the environment? And does it provide better utilization of the overall repository site than in the original proposed design?

Mr. Dale: The new design will demonstrate to the Division that Colorado Goldfields is concerned for the protection of the environment by: 1) Protecting the Animas River from the potential of an accidental spill and the resulting degradation of water quality by contaminants; 2) Protecting the construction site from precipitation on the tailings pile during placement of the tailings; and, 3) Placing a protective cap over the dry-stacked tailings at the completion of each major section of the repository, minimizing the additional work required for final reclamation when the milling process is completed and the site is closed. The new design will provide for better utilization of the site by increasing the individual cell capacity and reducing the number of individual cells. More site volume can be utilized for mill tailings disposal and less borrow material and construction time will be required in the construction of perimeter berms.

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About Colorado Goldfields Inc.
Colorado Goldfields Inc. (OTCQB: CGFIA) ( is a Denver-based junior exploration and mining company primarily exploring for gold and silver. Our seasoned management team targets historic gold camps with strong potential for multiple deposit discoveries. Currently, our business model in Colorado provides an outstanding combination of former producing properties with excellent exploration and production potential and a currently inactive, modern, up to 700 ton per day capacity mill facility to allow for an attractive short-term production time frame. We expect that this strategic plan will allow Colorado Goldfields to reach its goal of profitability, potentially within the next 18 months.

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