From Terry Mudder:

The Northwest Mining Association meeting in Reno was well attended in 2006. In conjunction with the meeting, representatives of the International Cyanide Management Institute made a presentation on the code including an update on its progress. Many of the producers, suppliers, and transporters of cyanide have been certified under the code. The cyanide code is now available in French and Spanish. Scores of gold mining operations will become certified over the next two or three years. However, the turnout for the cyanide session was small and that was disappointing.

The industry must grasp the seriousness of this issue as highlighted by the recent petition presented to the Slovakian government in Eastern Europe by Greenpeace with over 10,000 signatures to ban the use of cyanide, which comes on the heals of the complete country wide ban in the Czech Republic.

The issue is not about cyanide but the prudent use of it. The industry should recognize another major release of cyanide to the environment causing large scale ecological damage or human fatalities will likely trigger several restrictions orcomplete bans on the use of cyanide in specific regions or countries of the world.

The heightened awareness of cyanide related issues has certainly aided in lowering the overall risk from its use in the mining industry as evidenced by the lack of a major incident such as Baia Mare since the year 2000.