The International Cyanide Management Institute Announces Partial Completion and Extension of Corrective Action Plan for AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s Sadiola Gold Plant

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s Sadiola Gold Plant in Mali has partially completed its Corrective Action Plan, and that the completion date for the one remaining deficiency has been extended.

The Sadiola Gold Plant was found in substantial compliance with the Code and was conditionally certified in November 2009. Its Corrective Action Plan, developed to address three deficiencies at the site, has been posted on the ICMI web site. ICMI has received and accepted a report from an independent professional third-party auditor verifying that two of the three actions called for in the Corrective Action Plans have been implemented. However, implementation of the third item has been delayed due to forces beyond the operation’s control, and with ICMI’s agreement, the completion date for correction of that item has been extended to July 30, 2010. This date is still within the one-year limit for the duration of a Corrective Action Plan. The auditor’s report is available on the web site at http://cyanidecode.org/signatory_anglogold.php and the original Corrective Action Plan has been removed.

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: April 5, 2010