At Primero we recognize that a key element of our success is ensuring the sustainability of our operations and the health of our surrounding environments. We also recognize that ensuring we take care of our environment is critical to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.
Our mining, exploration and development activities are subject to the applicable environmental laws and regulations, which include planning for the eventual closure of the mine and reclaiming the mining properties after mining and processing has ceased. Our aim is to match or exceed the environmental standards of leading gold and silver producers.
At all times, we manage our operations in compliance with, or in excess of, all relevant environmental standards. Precautionary measures are taken to avoid damage to ecosystems wherever possible. When adverse impacts occur, integrated programs are implemented to promote the recovery of the affected ecosystems.
In 2013, the San Dimas mine was granted a two-year “Clean Industry” certification by PROFEPA, Mexico’s Federal Environmental Protection authority. The Clean Industry Initiative is a voluntary program that assesses regulatory compliance and best practices in environmental performance. Since 2013, San Dimas has been implementing the Risk Management Policy and improving its environmental aspect identification and management plans. In 2014, the mine underwent an internal audit process followed by an external review of our Clean Industry framework in preparation for recertification in 2015.
Detailed information on water management, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, tailings, biodiversity and aquatic monitoring and mine closure and reclamation can be found in the 2014 Sustainability Report.
In Tayoltita, in an effort to inspire community involvement and environmental awareness, 82 employee and student volunteers contributed to a municipal cleanup campaign, and cleaned up the riverside along sections of the Piaxtla River. The company provided logistical support and helped remove more than 6 tonnes of scrap and residue.
At the Cerro del Gallo project, we held two workshops, for students and parents in nearby rural schools, to introduce environmental issues to the community, and generate awareness and participation in waste classification and recycling.
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