Corrective Action Period for Gold Fields Limited’s Agnew Gold Mine Extended

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Gold Fields Limited has been granted an extension of the Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for its Agnew Gold Mine in Western Australia. The Agnew Gold Mine was conditionally certified on June 3, 2009. Its CAP, which has been posted on the ICMI web site along with its Summary Audit Report, was to be fully implemented by August 31, 2009. (Code).

ICMI received a request from the Agnew Gold Mine’s lead auditor to extend the completion date for the CAP to December 31, 2009, due to technical difficulties in fully implementing one of its provisions by the established deadline. This new date is still within the one-year limit allowed for full implementation of CAPs. ICMI has granted the auditor’s request, and the revised CAP is available on the Signatory Companies Page on the ICMI web site: www.cyanidecode.org/signatory_goldsfield.php.

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:
Tuesday, September 8, 2009