Australian Gold Reagents’ Western Australian Cyanide Transport Operations Recertified Under International Cyanide Management Code

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Australian Gold Reagents’ (AGR) Western Australian cyanide transport operations have been recertified as fully compliant with the International Cyanide Management Code (Code).

In March, 2010, AGR amended its transporter signatory status to that of a consignor, and its Western Australian transport activities, along with four other transport operations, were designated for certification as supply chains, consistent with changes to the Code announced on October 26, 2009. Consignors arrange for and oversee the transport of cyanide along a route or portion thereof from its point of production to a gold mine, using a supply chain consisting of contracted carriers for the actual transport of the cyanide.

As required under the Code, AGR’s Western Australian cyanide transport operations were again audited against ICMI’s Verification Protocol within three-years of their initial certification by an independent professional third-party auditor. ICMI has received and accepted a Detailed Audit Findings Report prepared by an independent professional third-party auditor who evaluated AGR’s Western Australian supply chain against the ICMI’s Verification Protocol and found it in full compliance with the Code’s Principles and Transport Practices. A summary of the audit report is available on the Signatory Companies Page on the ICMI web site: http://cyanidecode.org/signatory_consignor_AGR.php. The supply chain must be re-audited every three years hereafter to evaluate continuing compliance with the Code.

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:
Monday, April 19, 2010