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Kidd Operations recognized for sustainability measures

Timmins facility bestowed Towards Sustainable Leadership Award by Mining Association of Canada.
USED March162017_Kidd Creek Mine from the Air
Aerial view of Kidd Creek open pit. (Frank Giorno for TimminsToday)

Glencore has been recognized for its efforts in sustainability at its Kidd Operations in Timmins.

On Dec.14, the mining operation was one of nine to receive leadership awards from the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) through its Towards Sustainable Leadership program.

Towards Sustainable Mining comprises a set of tools and indicators to drive performance and ensure that key mining risks are managed. They include engaging with communities, driving world-leading environmental practices, and committing to the safety and health of employees and surrounding communities.

The Leadership Award is awarded to facilities that meet or exceed a Level A ranking for all indicators under the tailings management, energy use and GHG emissions management, Aboriginal and community outreach, biodiversity conservation management, and safety and health TSM protocols, and meet all requirements of the crisis management and communications planning protocol. A facility’s results must have been externally verified to qualify for the award.

Kidd Operations is only the third mining facility in Ontario to receive the award.

“Kidd Operations has a long history of exemplifying leadership in health and safety, environmental sustainability and community engagement,” general manager Steve Badenhorst said in a release.

“We are proud to have been recognized by the Mining Association of Canada for our ongoing commitment to meeting and exceeding the criteria established for sustainable mining across all categories.”

In 2016, Kidd Operations was presented with MAC: TSM’s national Community Engagement Award, and in 2014 with Performance Awards for achieving or exceeding a Level A ranking in five of the six protocols.

In operation since 1966, the Kidd copper-zinc operation comprises the Kidd concentrator and Kidd Mine, the world’s deepest base-metal mine below sea level, mining at 9,600 feet with shaft bottom at 9,889 feet.