NEVADA ROUND MOUNTAIN GOLD has won the 2004 Reclamation and Sustainable Development/Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award from the U.S. BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT for its accomplishments at the Manhattan mine in Nye County. Round Mountain is a joint venture between KINROSS GOLD and BARRICK GOLD, both of Toronto.
The Manhattan mine is the first in Nevada to receive this honour. Some of the outstanding reclamation achievements at the mine include innovative reclamation designs that stabilized or removed historic mine features, eliminated public hazards, and shaped piles of waste rock into landforms that blended with the surroundings. The reclamation plan pioneered a new and effective technique for treating process water. The gravity-driven system permanently contains solutions in a lined facility, protecting groundwater better than conventional closure methods, with virtually no long-term maintenance. Reclamation of the Manhattan mine was planned and performed in collaboration with the community and state and federal regulators.
The Bureau of Land Management made a similar award to David and Ken Jeter, operators of the Connor Creek mine in Baker County, Oregon. The winner of the Community Outreach and Economic Security Award was Golden Sunlight Mines in Whitehall, Montana. The Bureau’s website is at www.blm.gov.