The International Cyanide Management Institute announced today that New Gold Inc. has voluntarily withdrawn as a signatory to the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code). New Gold became a signatory to the Cyanide Code in October 2010. New Gold’s Cerro San Pedro operation, which is now in reclamation, and Mesquite Mine, now owned by Equinox Gold, were both certified under the Cyanide Code when owned and operated by New Gold. This withdrawal is effective October 1, 2021.
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 2020 Annual Report, which can be viewed here.
Friday, October 1, 2021