Environment

KUMTOR

Kumtor Gold Company (KGC) has developed a comprehensive Environmental Management System to address the effects of its operations on the environment and to monitor compliance with the various permits issued by the Kyrgyz authorities. The system provides scheduled monitoring, engineering controls and reporting on the following areas:

  • Effluent treatment plant
  • Tailings management facility
  • Mill site and mine waste dumps runoff effluents
  • Acid generation potential testing and recommendations
  • Dust control
  • Spill incidents on site and off site
  • Hazardous materials handling
  • Environment impact monitoring
  • Planning for site decommissioning and rehabilitation
  • Potable water treatment system
  • Sewage operation
  • Landfill operation and inventory

As part of its obligations to institutions that financed the Kumtor project, Kumtor Gold Company (KGC) implemented an Environmental Management Action Plan (EMAP) in 1995. The EMAP outlines KGC's environmental and safety commitments, including the regulations applicable to the Kumtor project. The EMAP was updated in 1999 and again in 2002 to reflect the maturing operations. Kumtor continues to be in compliance with the most stringent environmental, health and safety standards, including World Bank Environmental Guidelines, as well as all stipulations in Kyrgyz government permits.

BOROO

Boroo Gold Company (BGC) has the necessary environmental permits and licenses for the Boroo mine. Boroo‘s Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Monitoring and Protection Plans have been approved by the Mongolian government. Some of the permits that have been issued for the Boroo mine are for the forecast mine life, others are for three years and others have to be renewed annually.

BGC has developed an Environment Management System to address the impacts of the Boroo operation on the environment and to monitor compliance with the various permits issued by the state and provincial authorities. The system provides scheduled monitoring, engineering controls and reporting on the following areas: tailings management facility; mill site and mine waste dumps effluents; acid generation potential testing; dust control; spill incidents on site and off site; hazardous materials handling; environment impact monitoring; planning for site decommissioning and rehabilitation; potable water treatment system; sewage operation; and landfill operation and inventory.

The Boroo Gold Company judged Best Foreign Investor in 2003 by the Mongolian Chamber of Commerce