Canadian Mining Journal


CERTIFICATION: Musselwhite recertified, Lydian signs Cyanide Code

WASHINGTON, DC – Today’s gold miners are extremely aware that the use of cyanide in gold recovery can have devastating consequences for both people and the environment. The most responsible producers and their suppliers adhere to the International Cyanide Management Code ( This is a set of rules covering the use and transportation of cyanide. Each operation must be audited by an independent third party before certification. Then each one must be recertified every three years.

Here are two Canadian companies meeting the strict criteria.

The Musselwhite gold mine in northern Ontario has been recertified under the International Cyanide Management Code. Owner Goldcorp of Vancouver operates the underground mine and mill that produced more than 270,000 oz of gold in 2015. (

Lydian International of Toronto has become a signatory to the Cyanide Code. It has one year to successfully complete its initial audit to be certified. The company is focused on its 100% owned Amulsar mine currently under construction in Armenia. Production is to being in 2018 and average 200,000 oz of gold annually. (