Letter of rebuttal
In recent months, a series of false and unfounded allegations against Kinross were made on Facebook and other social media sites. Such accusations imply the poisoning of the population by arsenic, genocide, increasing rates of cancer, corruption and other illegal activities. In more recent posts the attacks now include the Brazilian government, local authorities and renowned Brazilian researchers and doctors.
These claims are not only notoriously false, but irresponsible, reckless and an insult to the historic town of Paracatu, which is known for developing important cultural, touristic, educational, agricultural and mining activities. The use of social media to spread fear and apprehension and attack individuals, institutions and reputable companies is unfortunately becoming more and more common. It is extremely disappointing that some less scrupulous media outlets consider these allegations as fact, without basic questioning and without providing a fair and balanced view of the issues.
Kinross categorically rejects all these allegations, none of which are supported by facts or reputable scientific data.
Kinross works hard to support the development of the city, offering thousands of direct and indirect jobs, as well as making significant contributions to support the environment, health, education, culture, sports, artisans, training and many other areas of city life. For Kinross, the health and safety of its employees and local communities are its priority and it is inconceivable to imagine such accusations are made irresponsibly by the media. The facts – objective, solid, and well grounded, are as follows:
1. Arsenic occurs naturally in the environment. For years, Kinross has conducted studies on arsenic along with the renowned national (Federal University of Minas Gerais) and international (University of Queensland, Australia) institutions.
2. There is no concentration of arsenic in the dust, water and food in Paracatu that does not comply with the legal parameters of safety, and which could possibly present a risk to the population.
3. Cancer mortality rates among the population of Paracatu are within, and in some cases lower than the statistics for other cities in Brazil.
4. These results were confirmed by an independent study in 2013 commissioned by Paracatu City Hall and conducted by CETEM (Mineral Technology Center), and were recognized nationally. The results, which were presented to the public in March 2014, revealed that arsenic concentrations in water for domestic consumption are low and pose no risk to human health.
As a recognized world leader in responsible mining, Kinross employs a rigorous set of management practices and tools related to the environment and human health, such as impact assessments and environmental control plans, periodic monitoring and improvement plans. Environmental performance data are regularly submitted to regulatory agencies for assessment and monitoring purposes.
For Kinross, health, safety and the development of employees and the population in Paracatu, particularly of families living near the mine, are extremely important.
Kinross reiterates its position of rejection and will evaluate the necessary measures needed in face of the allegations mentioned herein. We remain at the disposal of any of the public interested in getting to know our operations in loco.
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