RESPONSABILITY WITH THE
RESPONSIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Rio2 is committed to developing its operations with complete responsibility, focusing on strategic objectives that allow efficient natural resource management and environmental protection.
Our strategic objectives include the following:
We are committed to protecting and caring for the environment, focusing mainly on biodiversity. To this end, extensive and in-depth studies have been carried out that have allowed us to understand the characteristics of the biotic components in the area of influence of the Project and even beyond it.
Guanacos and vicuñas are protected species, so it is essential to investigate their dynamics and their conservation method.
For this reason, during the preparation and evaluation of the environmental impact study of our Project (spring 2018 to summer 2022), ten monitoring and evaluation campaigns of these species were carried out.
However, aware of their conservation status, we have proposed the following commitments during the execution of the Project, which are aligned with public policies towards these species:
Quarterly monitoring of camelids in the area of influence for fauna, the east slope of the Maricunga Volcano, SVAHT north, SVAHT south, and the access road sector to the Project.
Signage and restrictions for the protection of camelids: Implement safety and accident prevention measures for camelids at the Project's tasks.
Creation of a fund for the investigation of the species.
Fenix Gold is open to implement any other measure to ensure the conservation of the species including the use of collars for satellite monitoring if the authorities deem that to be necessary.
Commitment to safeguard and protect biodiversity
Driven by the goal of achieving a responsible execution of our activities, we propose a series of commitments to safeguard and protect biodiversity through the following measures and proposals:
Permanent training on protection and the importance of preserving our biodiversity.
Promotion of a culture of sensitivity and diffusion to our workers and collaborators.
Prohibition of gathering or hunting of any species of flora or fauna.
Noise monitoring in the Santa Rosa lagoon.
Visual Record of Wild Canids (foxes)
Monitoring of the North and South Azonal Hydrological Terrestrial Vegetation Systems (SVAHT) vegetation.
Monitoring short-tailed chinchillas, pumas, and Andean cats through camera traps in rocky areas in the Project area.
Rescue and relocation plan
Given its scarcity, water management is essential, and we are determined to ensure maximum optimization for this resource.
The potential impact on water resources has been considered from the design stage of the Fenix Gold Project. For this reason, the project does not contemplate using underground or surface water from the area, and 100% of the treated residual water used for the process will be reused without generating liquid effluents.
Water Resource Monitoring Plan Proposal
As part of our control and follow-up proposal, we have a Water Resources Monitoring Plan to verify that the X estimation of the significance in the Impact Assessment was correct and thus confirm that no significant impacts are generated concerning the quality of the resource.
This plan includes the following:
Monitoring of groundwater and surface water quality
Monitoring of groundwater levels (measurement of groundwater level and piezometers)
Monitoring of surface flows
Snow cover monitoring
Restitution of water collected downstream of the waste dump and mineral stockpiles.
The modeling carried out for the Project concerning air quality and emissions (gases and particulate matter) indicated that emissions from the Project would be of low impact and that is to say below than the permissible limit values for the applicable standards.
To further minimize emissions, we propose the implementation of initiatives that promote greater control and efficiency in mitigation, among which we have:
preventive maintenance of all our equipment
use of particulate matter suppressants
wetting of roads
Proposed Sedimentable Particulate Matter Monitoring Plann
As a control measure, we propose to monitor Sedimentable Particulate Matter (SPM) near the water systems to the Project.
This would be achieved by installing three (3) monitoring stations close to the Santa Rosa Lagoon and the North and South Azonal Hydro-Terrestrial Vegetation Systems (SVAHT).
A weather station will be implemented and maintained in the future site to control the climatic parameters.
Fenix Gold is a project that includes mineral recovery through leaching and subsequent adsorption and desorption so that no tailings will be generated.
CAMBIO - We will have sterile rock deposits with modern design standards, that exceed legal and environmental requirements, our facilities have all the considerations for. We will have sterile rock deposits with high design standards that meet all legal requirements. Our facilities will have all the implements for environmental protection, such as a water management system, sediment management system, and stability control.
Neither does our project plan to generate liquid waste from the leaching process since we contemplate reusing 100% of the process water.
We are committed to developing efficient waste management practices in strict compliance with current regulations, prioritizing >>>
Other waste will be removed and disposed of in places duly authorized by a company in charge.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL, PALEONTOLOGICAL HERITAGE, AND TURIST RESOURCES
Baseline study, Outside of the project footprint were identified, these have been marked and will be protected. Adittionally and in accordance with Chilean guidelines archeological and paleontological monitoring will be completed during earthmoving activities.
In compliance with current legislation and as part of Fenix Gold's responsibility, during the preparation of the baseline, archaeological sites outside the Project works were identified, which are subject to protection by the company and will therefore be marked and protected.
Additionally, we propose a program for archaeological and paleontological monitoring during earthmoving activities.
We propose implementing actions and measures that enhance accessibility to the resources and tourist attractions of the National Park and Ramsar site. We aim to contribute to their conservation and increase potential and attributes, thus encouraging tourism.
Some of our planned initiatives are:
Enhancement of the Tourist Resources of the Nevado Tres Cruces National Park
Construction of Welcome Portals to the Nevado Tres Cruces National Park
Digitization of Tourist Routes within the Nevado Tres Cruces National Park
Construction of Tourist Lookouts within the Nevado Tres Cruces National Park