The United States-based International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) last Tuesday declared as “Certified”, the operations of AngloGold Ashanti’s Obuasi mine.
The Institute announced that the 117-year-old mine had been certified in full compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code, which is a plus to the cyanide management system put in place at Obuasi.
“ICMI has received and accepted a Detailed Audit Findings Report prepared by an independent professional third-party auditor who evaluated the Obuasi Gold Mine against ICMI's Verification Protocol and found it in full compliance with the Cyanide Code's Principles and Standards of Practice”, a release from the Institute said.
It added that, “the summary Audit Report and Auditor Credentials Form were available on the ICMI web site on AngloGold Ashanti’s Signatory Companies Page: http://www.cyanidecode.org/signatory-company/anglogold-ashanti”.
The Obuasi operation would be re-audited every three years to evaluate continuing compliance with the Code.
The Cyanide Code is a voluntary industry programme for companies involved in the production of gold using cyanide, as well as companies producing and transporting 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 Cyanide Code, promote its adoption, evaluate its implementation, and manage the certification process.
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