Citinickel questions suspension sans audit

MANILA, Philippines -- Citinickel Mines and Development Corp., a subsidiary of listed Oriental Peninsula Resources Group Inc., may file legal actions against the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for issuing a suspension order prior to an actual mining audit.

Prior to the issuance of the mining audit order, Citinickel said it haD secured the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 certification for Environmental Management System (EMS) for nickel operations and post-mining activities.

"At that time of validation and standard audit, no issues or irregularities were found or highlighted by the certifying body. Hence, we are very shocked and surprised that a suspension order was all of a sudden issued against us," Tanchay said.
The ISO 14001 EMS standard is a systematic framework to manage the immediate and long term environmental impacts of an organization’s products, services and processes.
The DENR requires all mining contractors to secure ISO 14001 certification to show they have passed international standards have a good environmental management system.
ISO certification ensures that appropriate measures are put in place to achieve minimal negative impacts of mining on the environment and guarantees the compliance of mining contractors with applicable mining and environmental laws, regulations, and requirements in mining operations while gearing towards growth.