Remediation at Sunnyside
In October 2011, Sunnyside Gold Corporation offered to contribute $6.5 million toward water quality improvements in the Upper Animas Basin above Silverton, Colorado. Sunnyside, which was acquired by Kinross in 2003 as part of our acquisition of Echo Bay Mines, operated the Sunnyside mine in the area from 1986 to 1991. Sunnyside has spent almost $15 million on mitigation, remediation and reclamation in the area in order to meet all regulatory environmental requirements and the terms of its Reclamation Permit. Sunnyside is committed to acting as a catalyst to improve water quality in the Upper Animas.
For the past 15 years, the Sunnyside mine has worked with, and supported, the Animas River Stakeholders Group (ARSG) to pursue local solutions to local environmental issues. In co-operation with the ARSG, considerable work has been performed, resulting in significant water quality improvements.