Canada

Kemess

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT STATEMENT

Economic Prosperity without Compromising the Environment

We seek to minimize the KUG Project’s environmental footprint through implementing industry leading, environmentally responsible practices in all phases of the mining life cycle. We view effective management of the environmental effects from our operation that are developed in collaboration with and respectful of Tse Keh Nay First Nations and other Indigenous peoples' rights, culture and way of life and their traditional knowledge as critical to our success as an organization.

  1. Sound environmental practices based on adaptive environmental management, sustainable development, the precautionary principle, ecosystem-based approach, and incorporation of Indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge are considered to be a core element in our operations.
  2. We are committed to allocating the resources, with ongoing training and learning from our respective experiences, knowledge and awareness, necessary to help achieve our stated objectives.
  3. We believe that we can reduce our impact on the environment by working collaboratively with Tse Keh Nay First Nations and other Indigenous peoples to design and implement strategies to avoid or mitigate the impacts of our operations.
  4. We continuously look to reduce energy and fuel consumption.
  5. We will take all necessary precautions to avoid and minimize the environmental impact of our operations and we will develop controls collaboratively with Tse Keh Nay First Nations and other Indigenous peoples and/or communities to mitigate environmental risks.
  6. We establish measurable key performance indicators that comply with globally recognized standards that are applicable to our projects, adopting best applicable practices, best available technologies, adaptive environmental management, progressive mine rehabilitation/restoration of the environment and safe disposal of waste byproducts.
  7. We regularly review our performance and report the outcomes annually against globally recognized standards.
  8. We are committed to addressing the environmental aspects of our operations and ensuring that the environment is protected and/or rehabilitated by reducing and/or mitigating impacts so that traditional uses may continue for future generations.
  9. We respect the jurisdictions in which we operate, and abide by local laws, permits and license conditions.
  10. We maintain a high level of emergency preparedness.
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT & PERMITTING

The project has received the required Environmental Assessment approval for the Company's wholly-owned Kemess Underground Project ("the Project"). On March 15, 2017, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency ("CEAA") issued a positive Decision Statement and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office ("EAO") granted an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the Project. These decisions conclude the Project's environmental assessment review process and there are no further major provincial or federal environmental assessments or approvals required aside from regular course permitting.

The EAO managed the Environmental Assessment for the Kemess Underground Project in a Substituted Process on behalf of British Columbia and CEAA, the latter of which is on behalf of the Federal Government of Canada. The Project will require a number of additional normal course licenses and permits which are expected to be received early in mid-2018.

TIMELINE
February 2014 Project Description submitted to the BC Environmental office (BCEAO) and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA)
April 2014 Determination from BCEAO and CEAA that an Environmental Assessment is required
May 2014 – January 2016 Preparation and finalization of Applicant Information Requirements (Terms of Reference) for what information will be required for the Environmental Application
March - April 2016 Screening of the Draft Environmental Application to ensure compliancy with the Application Information Requirements
May 2016 Submission of Environmental Application
 Q2 - Q4 2016180 day Review of EA by First Nations, Regulators and the Public.  Final Assessment report by BCEAO and CEAA 
January 2017 The draft Assessment Report and conditions were made available on the website of the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and the final 30-day public comment period commenced. The draft Assessment Report concluded that the Kemess Underground Project would not result in significant adverse effects.
March 2017 AuRico Receives Environmental Assessment Approval. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued a positive Decision Statement and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office granted an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the Company's wholly-owned Kemess Underground Project.
August 2017 Submitted permit applications for Kemess Underground project to Major Mines Permitting Office
Q2 2018 Additional normal course licenses and permits expected to be received.

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