We are committed to comply with the environmental laws and regulations of the jurisdictions where we operate. Local performance standards are imposed through site-specific licences and permits. In some cases, our SEMS and its related standards establish higher internal performance standards mandated by our company than what is required locally.
In 2015, there were 11 Notices of Violation (NOVs) received at Éléonore. All of them were related to toxicity to daphnia in the discharge from the water treatment plant. No fines resulted from these NOVs, and Éléonore continues to work proactively and transparently with the regulatory authorities on the technical aspects of improving the issues in the water discharge.
Our sites are subject to strict internal and external scrutiny to verify full adherence to local, international and our own internal standards. Our properties are routinely inspected by staff representing the applicable regulatory authorities to ensure that they are in compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations. Our properties are also periodically audited through our internal compliance assurance program to ensure that they are in compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations as well as the Environmental and Sustainability Policy and standards. The Sustainability, Environment, Health and Safety Committee of the Board is responsible for overseeing the Environmental and Sustainability Policy.