Kinross’ first environmental priority is to maintain compliance with all environmental laws and regulations.
At each of our operations, this means tracking a complex variety of permit conditions, standing environmental regulations, and reporting deadlines. To manage this, each site maintains a compliance register that contains all specific requirements and assigns responsibilities for all tasks required to maintain compliance with those requirements. Each site’s compliance record directly affects its annual performance evaluation.
During 2010 and 2011, two Notices of Violation (NOVs) and associated fines were received, totalling $24,700. At the time of publication of this report in 2012, the Washington State Department of Ecology (WDOE) issued a penalty of $395,000 to Crown Resources Corporation, a subsidiary of Kinross, for water quality issues in 2011 and 2012 at the Kettle River-Buckhorn Mine. The Company has appealed the penalty and disputes certain findings of the department.
To reinforce our compliance commitment, in 2011 we developed an advanced training course for site personnel. The training was conducted at all sites in North America, and covered Kinross’ compliance expectations, compliance management systems, and individual responsibilities regarding compliance. During 2012, the training is being conducted at all other Kinross sites. In addition, in 2012 we are trialing new leading indicator performance metrics emphasizing compliance, which we plan to implement in 2013.