The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Newcrest Mining Limited’s Gosowong Mine in Indonesia and the PT Nusa Halmahera Minerals (PT NHM) Supply Chain that transports cyanide to the Gosowong Mine have been found in non-compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code).
The Gosowong Mine and the PT NHM Supply Chain were initially certified in full compliance with the Cyanide Code in September 2011. As required under the Cyanide Code, the mine and supply chain were again audited against ICMI's Verification Protocols within the established timeframes by independent professional third-party auditors. ICMI has received and accepted the auditors’ Detailed Audit Findings Reports, which found that the Gosowong Mine and the PT NHM Supply Chain had not maintained compliance with the Cyanide Code's Principles, Standards of Practices and Transport Practices during the previous three years. The Summary Audit Reports, Auditor Credentials Forms and Corrective Action Plans are available on the Newcrest Mining and PT Nusa Halmahera Minerals Supply Chain Signatory Companies Pages of the Cyanide Code website: http://www.cyanidecode.org/signatory-company/newcrest-mining and http://www.cyanidecode.org/signatory-company/pt-nusa-halmahera-minerals. Pursuant to Item III.B of ICMI’s Signatory and Certification Process (http://www.cyanidecode.org/become-signatory/signatory-and-certification-process), these operations cannot be certified until they have fully implemented their Corrective Action Plans and complied with the other provisions of III.B.
The Cyanide Code is a voluntary industry program for companies involved in the production of gold using cyanide and companies producing and transporting this cyanide. It was developed under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee. The Cyanide Code is intended to complement an operation's existing obligation to comply with the applicable laws and regulations of the political jurisdictions in which the operation is located.
ICMI has been established to administer the Cyanide Code, promote its adoption, evaluate its implementation, and manage the certification process. A detailed list of the operations covered by signatory companies' applications, along with the full text of the Cyanide Code and its implementing and administrative documents, are available at www.cyanidecode.org.