The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Nevada Gold Mines’ Cortez District operation (Cortez), located in the United States, has been recertified in full compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code). Nevada Gold Mines is a Joint Venture between Barrick Gold Corporation and Newmont Corporation, which own 61.5% and 38.5% of Nevada Gold Mines, respectively; both companies have been signatories to the Cyanide Code since 2005.
Cortez was initially certified in full compliance with the Cyanide Code in January 2008 and recertified in February 2011, July 2014, and in July 2017, when operated as Barrick Cortez Mine. As required under the Cyanide Code, Cortez was again audited against ICMI's Verification Protocol by independent professional third-party auditors within three years of its previous certification. ICMI has received and accepted the auditors’ Detailed Audit Findings Report, which found that Cortez had maintained full compliance with the Cyanide Code's Principles and Standards of Practices throughout the previous three years. The Summary Audit Report and Auditor Credentials Form are available on Barrick Gold Corporation’s Signatory Page on the Cyanide Code website: https://www.cyanidecode.org/signatory-company/barrick-gold-corporation. The operation must be re-audited every three years to evaluate continuing compliance with the Cyanide Code.
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 2019 Annual Report, which can be viewed here.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020