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MAC releases its 2012 Towards Sustainable Mining Progress Report

December 14, 2012

OTTAWA, Dec. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has released its eighth annual Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Progress Report. The 2012 report takes a detailed look at MAC members’ 2011 performance
in the areas of communities and people, environmental footprint, and
energy efficiency.

“Through TSM, MAC members showcase their commitment to responsible
resource development by publicly reporting their facility-level
performance in critical environmental and social areas,” said Pierre
Gratton, MAC’s President and CEO. “Over the last eight years, we have
seen notable progress in the way our members engage with communities
and manage their environmental risks as they work to meet society’s
needs for minerals and metals.”

Participation in the TSM program is mandatory for all MAC members. The
2012 TSM Progress Report describes their efforts in minimizing their operations’ environmental
impact and the initiatives companies have undertaken to positively
contribute to the communities where they operate. The report includes
facility-level results for 20 member companies and externally-verified
results for five companies.

The eighth annual report shows steady improvement in company results,
including such highlights as:

        --  Over 90% of facilities have strong engagement practices within
            their communities.
        --  The number of facilities with a comprehensive reporting system
            for energy use has increased by 20% over the last year to 64%.
        --  Over 80% of facilities have assigned accountability and
            responsibility for tailings management to the company's Chief
            Executive Officer or Chief Operating Officer. This demonstrates
            a commitment to best practices in tailings management at the
            highest levels of the organization.

TSM is an industry-wide, performance-based program that was developed by
MAC to help mining companies evaluate and manage their environmental
and social responsibilities. The program’s main objective is to enable
mining companies to meet society’s needs for minerals, metals and
energy products in the most socially, economically and environmentally
responsible way. In essence, TSM ensures companies are operating in a
way that aligns with evolving societal priorities and expectations as
they relate to community engagement, safety and health, energy use and
the environment.

To download the 2012 TSM Progress Report, or to learn more about the program, please visit www.mining.ca/tsm.

About MAC
The Mining Association of Canada is the national organization for the
Canadian mining industry.  Its members account for most of Canada’s
production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds,
metallurgical coal, mined oil sands and industrial minerals and are
actively engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and
semi-fabrication. Please visit www.mining.ca.

SOURCE Mining Association of Canada (MAC)

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