Permitting and Compliance
Our operations are subject to extensive laws and regulations governing environmental protection. All of our operations require a variety of permits, licenses, and associated approvals. Key laws and regulations are related to air emissions, water discharges, waste management, hazardous substances management, cultural heritage protection, biodiversity management, and land reclamation.
We have an enterprise-level Environmental Policy, which outlines the values and standards for our environmental programs and management systems. The policy establishes our commitment to meeting all applicable environmental laws, rules, and regulations. The policy can be accessed on our public website at www.ssrmining.com.
We have a designated Vice President, Environment and Community Relations who has general responsibility for the administration and implementation of the policy. This individual reports to the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, who reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.
We require that all suppliers and vendors follow the policy as a stipulation of doing business with the company. The policy is appended to all contracts with suppliers and vendors.
Our Safety and Sustainability Committee of the Board of Directors is responsible for assessing the effectiveness of the policy. The Committee is also responsible for reviewing environmental compliance issues and environmentally sensitive incidents to determine that we have been diligent in the management of these areas. The Committee conducts these activities directly on behalf of the Board of Directors.
We continued to advance the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) at Marigold in 2018 for the Mackay Optimization Project. We expect receipt of the Record of Decision in 2019 from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
We commit to four primary goals related to enhancing our permitting and compliance efforts throughout 2019. First, we aim to have zero significant noncompliance incidents related to our environmental permits and licenses at our operations. Second, we will review our enterprise Environmental Policy with our Safety and Sustainability Committee. Third, we will establish site-level permit and license registers at our operations. Last, we will continue to develop our enterprise-level environmental management system.