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CYANIDE CODE: Los Filos mine certified, Cyanco applies

WASHINGTON, DC - The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) has certified the Los Filos gold mine i...



WASHINGTON, DC – The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) has certified the Los Filos gold mine in southern Mexico as being in compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code for the Manufacture, Transport and Use of Cyanide in the Production of Gold.

The Los Filos mine belongs to Vancouver-based Goldcorp, It is the fifth of the company’s mines to be certified. The Marigold gold mine in Nevada was the first in the world to be fully certified, followed by El Sauzal mine (the first in Mexico), Marlin mine (first in Central America) and Musselwhite mine (the first in Canada).

Cyanco, with offices in Nevada and Quebec, has applied to be certified as a transport signatory. The company must commit to following the code’s Principles and implement its Transport Practices throughout its supply chain, and to have due diligence investigations of the rail lines in its supply chain conducted by independent third-party auditors within three years of its initial application, and every three years thereafter.

The cyanide code is a voluntary industry program for companies involved in the production of gold using cyanide. It was developed under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Program with the goal of safeguarding human health and the environment by promoting responsible management of cyanide used in gold mining.

Learn what it takes to gain certification at www.CyanideCode.org.