Safeguarding Community Health in Paracatu
Kinross has consistently operated within regulatory limits for both air and water quality at our Paracatu operation. The Company has been proactive in working with independent research groups to address concerns among some members of the local community about potential health risks associated with mining activity.
As reported in our previous CR Report, Kinross commissioned a series of studies, including a complete Human Health Risk Assessment, to investigate the potential for community or workforce health impacts related to naturally occurring arsenic present in the Paracatu ore body. All of the work completed to date confirms that there is no increase in employee or community health risk from arsenic due to Kinross mining activities.
The studies were co-ordinated by the National Institute of Science and Technology on Minerals Resources Water and Biodiversity (INCT) with the support of researchers from federal universities in Brazil and world-renowned experts from the University of Queensland, Australia. Community stakeholders have been involved throughout the process through regular meetings, and through the participation of local residents in the monitoring and data collection programs. Some of these scientific studies were published in the proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment (July 2012), and the results and conclusions have been shared with Kinross employees, contractors and the local community.
Separately, the municipality of Paracatu commissioned its own Health Risk Assessment, which included extensive biological sampling and analysis. The municipality released the results of this study in early 2014, finding that there is no health risk from arsenic in the community. Kinross will continue to work co-operatively with the Municipal Secretariat of Health and Environment and provide all required environmental sampling data for their use in support of permanent, ongoing monitoring recommended by the study.