SGC was established in 1985. It operated the underground Sunnyside Mine for a brief five years, from 1986 until 1991. During operations, SGC used modern mining techniques and adhered to modern environmental regulation. The Sunnyside Mine is located 8 miles north of Silverton, Colorado, part of the historic Eureka Mining District, in San Juan County.
Responsible operations and reclamation was always at the forefront for SGC. Once operations ceased, SGC closed the Mine in accordance with the law, its permits and a State-approved Consent Decree. SGC has satisfied all closure permits and obligations and has spent $30 million on reclamation and remediation over 30 years. SGC’s five years of responsible mining and 30 years of reclamation and remediation in the Silverton Caldera has resulted in less metals in the Animas River than would have otherwise been the case.
For its reclamation efforts, SGC won the following awards: