HELENA, Mont. — The state Department of Environmental Quality says a Canadian company’s proposal to explore for precious metals in a mining district north of Yellowstone National Park will not have a significant impact on the environment.

The agency’s draft environmental assessment on Lucky Minerals’ plan, which was released Thursday, recommends the company be given an exploration license, with some additional measures to mitigate any damage.

The DEQ is taking public comment through Dec. 12.

Lucky Minerals wants to obtain core samples from up to 46 drill holes on private land in the Absaroka Mountains in Park County, about 12 miles southeast of Emigrant. The total project disturbance area would be just under 5 acres. The company wants to gauge the area’s copper, gold, silver and molybdenum deposits.

Online: http://deq.mt.gov/Public/ea