Environmental Management and Protection
As an extractive industry, mining will always have some level of both short-term and long-term environmental impact. TVIRD’s primary objective is to minimize its impact footprint, to implement appropriate and best practice measures to control the impacts, and to promote restoration and rehabilitation that best support the needs of the community and the natural environment. The company’s corporate environmental policy guides this process and commits TVIRD to a course of responsible mining and sustainability.
The development and implementation of environmental management and protection programs is an ongoing activity at each of the TVIRD projects during all phases of project development, operation and closure. It has a wide ranging portfolio of activities that includes monitoring of various environmental parameters, regulatory agency reporting and permitting, rehabilitation of disturbed areas, design and construction of environmental management facilities, environmental impact and mitigation assessment, and implementation of various environmental-based research programs.
Since the beginning of operations at the Canatuan Mine in 2004, a number of data collection and management systems have been put in place to support the environmental management programs. These systems also support regulatory reporting needs and provide a basis for developing and refining future reclamation and restoration plans in the post-mining environment.
The environmental programs at TVIRD’s operating mines and exploration sites are audited by government regulatory agencies on a regular basis. Quarterly environmental monitoring is performed by a multi-partite monitoring team composed of regulatory agency personnel, host community representatives, local and regional government units and non-governmental organizations. Other non-scheduled audits are also done by various government agencies throughout the year.
Internal monitoring and audits are conducted by the TVIRD Environment Department throughout the year on both a scheduled and non-scheduled basis. Any deficiencies or issues identified during the monitoring and audits are documented. The causes are then identified and discussed with the responsible parties. Subsequently, corrective actions are scheduled for implementation.
TVIRD also implements company-wide and community-wide training and education programs to introduce employees and community members to environmental management techniques and environmental risks. Ongoing research activities focus on a wide variety of environmental risk and management topics. Environmental specialists and consultants from both the regulatory and private sectors are engaged as needed in order to evaluate operations, address impacts and participate in research programs.
TVIRD’s overall goal is to prevent the occurrence of any significant environmental incidents and fully comply with all regulatory standards. Operations, monitoring and reporting are identified within the Environmental Compliance Certificates (ECC) issued for its projects. These represent the minimum level of compliance. Our objective is to strive to exceed these compliance requirements wherever and whenever possible. These efforts have been recognized by the regulatory agencies and a number of environmental awards have been presented to the Company.