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Ed,
I'd be amazed if they did. If they wanted the public to come for in, for a fee, they'd surely advertise, and that news would spread through mindat like wildfire.
No, they are a commercial mining operation and have to deal with MSHA (mine health and saftey Admin, US government) and have to worry about the liability involved. Even if they would let you you would have to go through 40 hours of safety training to be able to.
Does anyone have the email address for the elmwood mine. Or even the phone number. I would like see if by some small change they would allow the public in to pick any wear on the site..
You may want to start formal corrspondence at the top by viewing the contact options on their website:

http://www.nyrstar.com/about/Pages/contactus.aspx

Good luck!
Joe
For further information contact:


Anthony Simms
Group Manager
Investor Relations
T: +41 44 745 8157
M: +41 79 722 2152
anthony.simms@nyrstar.com

Kate Dinon
Group Manager
Corporate Communications
T: +41 44 745 8154
M: +41 79 722 84 66
kate.dinon@nyrstar.com

Geert Lambrechts
Manager
Corporate Communications
T: +32 14 449 646
M: +32 473 637 892
geert.lambrechts@nyrstar.com
As long as this fracas is well underway, I'll add my annoying insight which does not seem to have been mentioned yet.

Al Gore Sr. and noted environmentalist Al Gore Jr. have earned $570,000 on the royalties from the sale of lead, zinc and cadmium from the portion of the Elmwood Complex underneath the Gore farm. Quite a bit of that figure is in 1970s dollars.

Perhaps Al junior could get the Sierra Club to close the Gore portion of the mine in order to preserve and recover some of our national natural mineral heritage, I have a list of nominations for who the collectors might be. I'm not on the list.

There are hundreds of links to the Gore zinc leases. Seems they didn't maintain their lease after the mines closed, but may be actively working on re-activating that lease.

Bart
I know many miners from the current excavation and I personally know how much is being destroyed to this day. There are a few vaults held for the personal value of a few wealthy people and the rest is destroyed to help the value of current specimen. There will be specimen destroyed that should have been displayed in the finest collections in the world and its a travesty. As a private collector I am saving as many as I can. Elmwood is a messed up as it always has been. By the way Real Elmwood....Your a joke and making excuses for a very few of the people making the decisions. It makes me thing your one of the few making decisions about your own investments. Pathetic!! For the rest of you I actually know what is happening in this mine and its worse than you think!


E
This strikes me as the moral, if not legal, equivalent to shooting snowy owls in order to expidite logging of an old growth forest. Considering the mining practices in other, less "enlightened", parts of the world, we should consider ourselves lucky that mineral specimens are all that are being openly destroyed in the drive for maximum immediate profit.
EVander
Have you ever been underground in Elmwood and collected specimens there?

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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