The state Department of Environmental Conservation has ordered Global to do an environmental justice study of the impact of its proposed heating facilities on nearby low-income and minority neighborhoods, but it has not said whether it will require a more extensive environmental impact study.
The fourth Environmental Impact Study order by the president will probably take 12 - 18 months to complete, letting delay the politically-charged decision until after the November presidential election.
European Goldfields, which operates a lead and zinc mine in the Halkidiki region, submitted an environmental impact study (EIS) last year seeking permission to mine for gold and other metals at nearby sites.
Patagonia Gold PLC (Patagonia Gold) (PGD.LN), a precious metals exploration company with a focus on South America, has received approval from the State Secretariat of Mining of the Province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, for the environmental impact study and gained the necessary permit for the proposed trial heap leach operation at the Lomada de Leiva gold project.
Toukan said the company would first carry out a two-year environmental impact study to determine whether the planned location _ a desert area near the Saudi border about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of the Red Sea port of Aqaba _ is in fact the best location for protecting A1/2both public health and the environment.e In January 2007, the country's ruler, King Abdullah II, announced his intention to develop a peaceful nuclear program.