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REGIONAL NEWS - U.S. & CANADA 12 E&MJ • APRIL 2018 www.e-mj.com home the championship by placing in every competition category, mucking and surveying, hand steel and jackleg, swede saw and gold panning. This year's team was made up of met- allurgical engineering majors Heath Pirkey from Berthoud, Colorado, and Kathryn Weyeneth from Dunlap, Illinois; mechan- ical engineering major Weston Shutts from Divide, Colorado; geological engineering major Max Southbloom from North Branch, Minnesota; and mining engineering and management majors Torger Henckel from Viroqua, Wisconsin, and Rahel A. Dean-Pe- likan from Santa Clara, California. The mining games incorporate histori- cal mining methods and practices, many of which were employed in the Black Hills following the gold rush of 1876. Skills demonstrated at the annual games in- clude operating a pneumatic drill called a jackleg, a hammer-and-chisel type drill called a single jack or hand steel and the swede saw, commonly called the bow saw; mucking, which is also known as shovel- ing, plus mine surveying, gold panning and track standing, which requires contes- tants to erect a section of railroad track. The International Collegiate Mining Games also serve to commemorate fallen miners. The first games were held in 1978 to honor 91 miners who died in the 1972 Sunshine Mine Fire in Kellogg, Idaho. In the 2017 games, the SD Mines coed team placed first in the hand steel competition and fifth overall. The men's team placed first in mucking and fourth overall. At SD Mines, students receive hands- on experience with industry-grade equip- ment, management training, and the op- portunity to survey and work underground with officials at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Mining engineering and management students also train with professional mine rescue teams, intern at major companies across the mining in- dustry, and interact with a wide variety of national and international mining experts. Kinross Receives Top US Safety Certification The National Mining Association (NMA) recognized Kinross Gold for receiving in- dependent certification under its CORE- Safety system. Kinross, one of the lead- ing gold mining companies in the world, is the eighth NMA member company to complete each step of this process. "We congratulate Kinross on starting out 2018 with this noteworthy accom- plishment in mine safety and health," said NMA CEO and President Hal Quinn. "Kinross' efforts have more than proven that putting people first is a true core value for the company and it goes above and beyond to make sure every employee returns home safe and healthy every day." "Kinross is very proud to have one of the best safety records in our industry, and we continuously work to maintain and strengthen our performance," said J. Paul Rollinson, Kinross Gold's presi- dent and CEO. "Mining responsibly is an imperative at Kinross and being certified under CORESafety ensures best practices are implemented at our operations." CORESafety's approach to safety and health emphasizes accident prevention and uses a risk-based management sys- tem anchored in leadership, management and assurance. The framework is de- signed to go beyond what is required by regulations, focusing on a goal of continu- ous improvement. Its objective is zero fa- talities and a 50% reduction in mining's injury rate within five years of implemen- tation. In 2017, companies participating in the CORESafety system closed the year with zero fatalities across U.S operations. Predictive Safety conducted the inde- pendent audit for Kinross Gold. Bunker Hill Pays Fines, Operations Could Begin Soon The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have signed an agreement with Bun- ker Hill Mining, allowing the company to operate the Bunker Hill mine in northern Idaho without incurring liability for haz- ardous substances, pollutants or contam- inants that migrated from the mine in the past. Through a settlement agreement and order on consent for response action, Bun- ker Hill will pay $20 million to the EPA over a seven-year period for as long as it leases, owns and/or operates the mine. These payments are for the EPA's prior response costs as contemplated by the lease/option on the mine. Bunker Hill will also make semiannual payments to the EPA for $480,000 for ongoing water treat- ment costs incurred at the EPA's Central Treatment Plant. The company will also maintain the mine's infrastructure to allow for proper management of effluent. In exchange, the United States has agreed not to sue Bunker Hill for prior con- tamination migrating from the mine. The EPA agrees not to enforce any lien it may have on the mine so long as Bunker Hill is in compliance with its payment and main- tenance work obligations. The agency also agrees to release any lien it may have on the mine upon the completion of Bunker Hill's maintenance work and payment obligations. After settling with the EPA, Bunker Hill Mining, a Canadian-owned company, hopes to begin mining again at the historic property in the panhandle of Idaho. (Continued on p. 38)

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