International Cyanide Management Code
As part of its commitment to adhere to the highest international standards and legislation, Gabriel has become a signatory of the International Cyanide Management Code (ICMC) for the Manufacture, Transport and Use of Cyanide in the Production of Gold developed by the International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) in March 2006.
Gabriel will operate under the ICMC, which was developed to "minimize risks to workers, communities and the environment from the use of cyanide in gold mining, and reduce community concerns about its use." Mine tailings will be handled so that they will contain very low concentrations of cyanide, far below the 10 ppm limit adopted by the EU in the Mine Waste Directive, the strictest in the industry globally.
The ICMC, which is a voluntary industry program developed under the authority of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the International Council on Metals and the Environment (ICME), currently comprises international companies involved in the production or transportation of cyanide, as well as gold mining companies. It was developed in 2000 to raise design and operational standards in response to past concerns involving cyanide at gold mines, including at Baia Mare, in Romania in January 2000.
For more information on the ICMC and for a list of signatory's please visit the ICMI website at www.cyanidecode.org.