Petropavlovsk is committed to effectively managing environmental issues, upholding the highest standards as required by Russian law, and operating in line with international best practice.
In 2016, all Group Mines adopted the Declarations on the Technical Regulation TR TS 030/2012 concerning lubricants, oils and speciality fluids, based on the Customs Union agreement (Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus), and following ratification and introduction into Russian legislation. These declarations are adopted at all our sites and are aimed at minimizing the potential negative effects of such materials. Also in 2016, the Group prepared to renew certification for ISO:14000 amid updated interstate ratification, finalisation and approval processes.
The Group requires licences and permits from Russian authorities for some operational activities (mining and exploration, construction, handling hazardous waste and using local water supplies). These may detail limits and conditions to help protect the environment. The Group must also draw up environmental impact assessments for mining project permits to be considered, in line with Russian legislation.
The environment is monitored throughout the life of each mine to identify any impact its activities might have on the surrounding ecosystem. Data is collected according to state approved schedules and samples analysed in state accredited laboratories.
All Group operations hold licences with water usage quotas detailing where water may or may not be used from. Pit water is purified before it is discharged and local water is continuously monitored. The Group’s RIP plants use recycled water, reducing demand from local sources.
Waste management programmes are agreed with regulatory authorities in compliance with Russian legislation. The programmes detail standards and limits on what can be produced or disposed of. Data on waste is collected, logged and sent to regulatory authorities for review.
The Group is governed by laws designed to limit industrial impact on ecosystems. Land may only be cleared within the limits of licences and permits, for instance, and in designated areas it is forbidden to fish, hunt, poach or drive vehicles.
Petropavlovsk uses purification systems, anti dust equipment and other protective facilities to prevent harmful substances entering the atmosphere. Gas purification equipment is at all emission points and is monitored on a regular basis. Air quality monitoring includes carbon monoxide and dust emissions and is performed according to mining and environmental monitoring programmes, which are agreed in advance with federal authorities.
The Group has modern systems in place for the handling of cyanide.