During remediation and closure, safety and zero fatalities remains the number objective at El Sauzal.
In 2008, El Sauzal was the first mine operation in Latin America to obtain certification under the International Cyanide Management Code (“ICMC”), the international benchmark for transporting, storing and using cyanide. In July 2011 and December 2014, El Sauzal was recertified under the ICMC In December 2015, El Sauzal became the first mine in the world to be decommissioned in accordance with the International Cyanide Management Code ("ICMC") and it will be withdrawn from the ICMC.
Throughout 2016, closure continues with an aim to restore the site to its original state by thorough containment and coverage to prevent acid drainage. The tailings storage area and waste rock dump will be scoured and degraded of metals. Buildings, camps and facilities will be removed and reforested with native trees and vegetation, as well as 1,000 acres of surrounding lands and habitat – over 400 hectares in total.