The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that four of AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s operations in the North West Province of South Africa have been certified as fully compliant with the International Cyanide Management Code (Code). The four plants are: Kopanang Gold Plant Vaal River South; West Gold Plant Vaal River; Noligwa Gold Plant Vaal River; and East Gold Acid Float Plant Vaal River.
These AngloGold Ashanti gold plants had been found in substantial compliance with the Code and were conditionally certified in June and July 2007, and their Corrective Action Plans have been posted on the ICMI web site. ICMI has received and accepted reports from an independent professional third-party auditor verifying that the Corrective Action Plans has been implemented and these operations are now in full compliance with the Code. The auditor’s reports are available on the web site, and the Corrective Action Plans have been removed. These operation must be re-audited every three years to evaluate their continuing compliance with the Code.
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.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007