The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Equinox Gold’s Mesquite Gold Mine in the United States has been certified in full compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code).
The Mesquite Gold Mine was initially certified under the Cyanide Code in October 2011 and recertified in February 2015 and in May 2018. Most recently, the Mesquite Gold Mine was certified in substantial compliance in June 2021, and the operation’s Corrective Action Plan was posted on the Cyanide Code website. ICMI has received and accepted a report from an independent professional third-party auditor verifying that the Corrective Action Plan has been fully implemented and that the Mesquite Gold Mine is in full compliance with the Cyanide Code. The auditors’ Corrective Action Plan Completion Report is available on Equinox Gold’s Signatory Page on the Cyanide Code web site, and the Corrective Action Plan has been removed.
The Cyanide Code is amongst the most established certification programs in the mining sector. This voluntary industry program is focused on the safe management of cyanide by companies producing gold and/or silver and by companies producing and transporting 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 promote and help ensure the safe and environmentally responsible management of cyanide used within the gold and silver mining industries. Operations are assessed for compliance triennially by qualified, independent auditors.
ICMI has been established to administer the Cyanide Code, promote its adoption, evaluate its implementation, and manage the certification process for operations using, producing and transporting cyanide. 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. We invite you to read our 2021 Annual Report, which can be viewed here.
Wednesday, July 6, 2022