Rio Tinto Voluntarily Withdraws as Code Signatory to the International Cyanide Management Code; Elk City Delisted

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Rio Tinto has voluntarily withdrawn as a signatory to the International Cyanide Management Code for the Manufacture, Transport and Use of Cyanide in the Production of Gold (Code) because it no longer owns or operates gold mines using cyanide.

Elk City Mining LLC, which was developing a gold mine in the United States, has been delisted for failure to pay its required annual signatory fees for 2009 and 2010.

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

Friday, February 18, 2011