This blog is the second in our series on sustainable closure and reclamation.We are committed to providing long-term environmental stability and beneficial post-mining land use. With every one of our projects, a multidisciplinary and highly skilled team of experts develops a closure and reclamation strategy and estimates the associated costs, in accordance with regulations and in alignment with our commitment to the protection of human health, community needs and the environment to ensure a positive legacy for future generations.
Collaboration and sharing ideas are essential to effective closure and reclamation management (C&R). Every site brings with it a unique set of reclamation challenges, from weather and geochemistry to changing regulatory requirements and community expectations. At every level, our regional teams consider these issues and strive to create plans that maximize the post-closure opportunities for the environment and local communities.
Newmont’s closure and reclamation governance model ensures a balanced approach to closure planning. Our Closure and Reclamation steering committee provides final C&R oversight to deliver on Newmont’s central purpose – that of creating value and improving lives through sustainable and responsible mining.
Our Closure and Reclamation teams recognize the importance of communicating closure timeframes to stakeholders, and providing updates when they change. In 2016, Newmont’s Yanacocha operation, for example, hosted nearly 100 workshops with more than 2,000 stakeholders from the Cajamarca region to discuss the operation’s potential closure and expansion plans. External dialogue is a top priority, particularly for the Closure and Reclamation Technical Team (CRTT), and region-specific stakeholder engagement plans are implemented throughout the planning and design phases of closure and reclamation.
Among its other objectives, the CRTT works to develop and implement concurrent, life-of-mine (LOM) and asset retirement obligation (ARO) reclamation plans which are integrated into the annual Newmont mine plan updates. While we are still mining, the act of rehabilitating land that is no longer required for operation allows us time to test options to reduce acid rock drainage and provide other major advantages including sustaining habitat for wildlife.
To learn more about our closure and post-closure activities, visit our Lifecycle of a Mine microsite. You can also learn more about our commitment to long-term environmental stability and beneficial post-mining land uses by visiting our annual sustainability report, Beyond the Mine. Stay tuned for more in this series.