We understand the impact our activities can potentially have on the environment. Our environmental standards are designed to protect the environment and prevent and minimize those impacts. Operating a mine may affect the physical environment around a mine site, including the land, air and water. We are committed to minimizing or preventing these impacts wherever possible by applying innovative technologies or historical mining practices that are reliant on the earth’s natural resources. By utilizing proper planning and managing and reducing our impacts on the environment, we better protect vast resources for future generations, instill a sense of pride in our employees, and preserve our licenses to operate. We plan to be mercury free by 2019 and have already greatly diminished its use in our operations.