Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine Environmental Compliance and Management System Support
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The Newmont Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine (CC&V), has been operating the Cresson project since the early 1990s. Mining in the district has been ongoing since the late 1890s.

The active operations are sandwiched between the cities of Victor and Cripple Creek, Colorado making it highly visible to the local community and visitors to the area. CC&V operates as a surface mining operation with cyanide heap leach followed by an adsorption desorption and recovery circuit and recently added a high grade mill. The finished product is a gold silver dorè that is shipped offsite for further refining. The mine footprint is roughly 7 square miles at 10,000 feet above sea level.  CC&V employs more than 600 employees and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  CC&V is certified to ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards and the International Cyanide Management Code.

Geosyntec's Scope of Services

Geosyntec has supported the environmental compliance programs at CC&V for the past 12 years including the development and implementation of CC&V's compliance management systems. This work has included detailed aspects analyses and risk assessments of the operations followed by development of compliance policies and procedures and training. We have had ongoing involvement with the continual improvement process and integrating community and other aspects of sustainability into the system scope. Geosyntec professionals perform annual internal audits of the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems, compliance audits, and provides third-party audit support during annual third-party surveillance and recertification audits. Geosyntec also helped CC&V obtain and maintain its signatory status to the International Cyanide Management Code.

Geosyntec works closely with the environmental team on permitting mine expansion projects through the state and local permitting process. Work has also included water discharge permitting, air pollution equipment operation and maintenance manual development, and cyanide destruction treatment operation and maintenance.  Lastly, Geosyntec personnel have worked with CC&V on facilitating risk management workshops with top management on mine life extension projects to increase the life of mine to 2035 with final reclamation in 2042. This risk assessment included reviewing business, safety, environmental, resource, market, and community risks. The end product was a report to the Board of Directors for a go / no go decision.

Notable Accomplishments

Geosyntec helped CC&V achieve ISO 14001 certification in 2006 and assisted with the ongoing maintenance of that certification up through 2016 at which time Newmont's corporate team took over. Geosyntec also helped CC&V achieve OHSAS 18001 certification in December 2007. With Geosyntec's help, CC&V became a signatory and was certified to the International Cyanide Management Code in 2007 and was re-certified to the Code in 2010, 2013 and again in 2016.

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Project Summary

  • Location: Victor, Colorado
  • Client: Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine
  • Project Practice Areas: Environmental Management
  • Type of Facility: Active Gold Mine
  • Services Provided: Integrated Management System Development, Implementation & Maintenance, Compliance support, Management Systems Audits, Risk Management, State and local Permitting, International Cyanide Management Code Support
  • Type of Work: Management Systems support
  • Governing Regulation: ISO MSHA ICMI OHSAS