AGR’s Western Australia Cyanide Transport Operations Certified Under International Cyanide Management Code

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that AGR’s Cyanide Transport Operations in Western Australia have been certified as compliant with the International Cyanide Management Code (Code).

AGR’s Western Australian cyanide transport operations were initially audited in April 2006. In July, ICMI received and accepted a Detailed Audit Findings Report prepared by an independent professional third-party auditor who evaluated the AGR’s transport activities in Western Auditralia against the ICMI’s Verification Protocol and found them in substantially compliance with the Code’s Principles and Standards of Practice. AGR also prepared and submitted to ICMI a Corrective Action Plan to address the identified issues. Prior to ICMI’s posting of this information,ICMI received a report from the auditor concluding that all issues had been satisfactorily addressed and that AGR was now in full compliance with the Code. These activities will be re-audited every three years thereafter to evaluate its continuing compliance with the Code.

The Summary Audit Report, Corrective Action Plan, follow-up report on the implementation of the Corrective Action Plan, and the Auditor Credential Form demonstrating the professional qualifications of the auditors are available on the Signatory Companies Page on the ICMI web site, www.cyanidecode.org.

The 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 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 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 Code and its implementing and administrative documents, are available at www.cyanidecode.org.
Date:
Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Date:
Wednesday, September 27, 2006