Traditionally, cyanide has been used extensively in the gold mining industry to leach gold from ores. As a reactive organic compound, cyanide binds easily with metals like gold, effectively separating these metals from their ores. It is highly toxic and when it escapes into the environment, wildlife are killed and drinking water contaminated.
Cyanide—a rapidly acting, potentially deadly chemical—combines easily with many metals and is traditionally used in the gold mining industry to separate gold from their ores. ‘Cyanide’ can mean any one of various compounds containing the chemical group CN: one atom of carbon (C) and one atom of nitrogen (N). Usually, gold miners use a sodium cyanide solution to leach gold from ore.
On October 9, 2003, the south face of a gold mine in West Papua, Indonesia, collapsed. Eight workers died and five others were injured. Government investigators turned up evidence that in the days leading up to the accident, seismic data had led mine operators to suspect that slippage was imminent, and that key machinery—but not workers—had been moved from below the unstable zone.
No new technology or solution will be convincing without comprehensive testing. The same goes for Clean Mining’s clean, non-toxic gold recovery reagent—that’s why we do extensive tests to increase the effectiveness of our solution for clients.