Environmental Incidents and Regulatory Compliance
New Gold sites must internally report and rank notable environmental incidents regardless of their regulatory significance.
Our Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting Standard includes an Incident Reporting and Ranking Table, in which severity of incidents is ranked catastrophic, major, moderate, minor or low. This is an internal standard that ensures that the appropriate level of control and response is applied to any incident. It also categorizes incidents consistently across all jurisdictions by identifying those events that are significant to New Gold independent of local regulations. Since New Gold began reporting in 2008, there have been no major spills and no environmental incidents rated “major” or “catastrophic”.
All New Gold sites strive to comply with all appropriate environmental laws and regulations. We work with the appropriate government agencies, partners and key communities of interest in an effort to ensure that our activities meet or exceed their requirements.
Should any incidents occur, we are committed to prompt reporting and remedial measures to prevent or minimize environmental impacts. We also ensure that all our sites are prepared and equipped to handle any emergency that could occur. A crisis management simulation is regularly performed for each site, which includes a simulated environmental incident to ensure the sites’ readiness to remediate and to communicate with internal and external parties. All-incident reporting is encouraged as a key factor in monitoring and management for continuous improvement through investigation, key learnings and resulting actions.