Our Comstock Mining culture, team, and belief system is founded on a deep appreciation of the uniqueness and cultural importance of the historic Comstock Lode District and being a genuine part of its community, with all the residents, visitors, businesses, caretakers, stakeholders, and the broader northern Nevada ecosystem.
One, Quality System
Beginning with each day’s activities, the team is genuinely integrated in the Comstock District and its unique, independent and interdependent communities. Our ethics are foundationally based on transparently, interdependently, and continuously improving the value of our assets and the operating platform we have developed, and never create scarcity. In every part of our system, in all areas of operations, proud Comstock team members protect the community, our assets, and the safety of all. We are committed to not only safety in our community and workplace, but ensuring the landscape is enriched, enhanced and never diminished in its productive uses, its historical significance, its rights and the quality of all activities and life around it. We have already exceeded precedent and established the highest and new standards of environmental excellence by removing toxic mercury from the environment, left from previous decades of miners (that continues to threaten our environment today), accelerating our own reclamations of our modern industrial mines, pads and ponds and completing some of the most historic preservations and restorations of old mills and mine structures. This level of commitment and action means a safer community, environment and ultimately, a better world.
Our Excellence Standard of Practice For Mining and Reclamation
Mining is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the United States. As part of our corporate responsibility to create and maintain excellent standards of practice, we strive to go beyond both state and federal environmental requirements through innovative metallurgical process development, national and state recognized reclamation excellence, voluntary soil, sound and air monitoring. We believe these are the key to sustainable and responsible mining.
Modern mining and reclamation practices of today are very different from anything in the distant or even more recent past. Scars of past mining are quite evident with cuts in the hillsides, holes/pits left exposed, tailings piles, erosion, and contamination. Comstock incorporates modern practices and takes them to a whole new level of innovation and excellence. While the law does not require us to do so, we do immediately and concurrently reclaim most of our mining areas. We also restore the areas to natural contour and vegetation that blends in with surrounding areas and historical character. These expedited reclamation efforts allowed the local wildlife to immediately and safely re-inhabit the areas. We have been recognized on both the state and federal level for these reclamation activities.
Environmentally Sustainable Technologies
Comstock Mining continuously researches and invests in developing “clean” technologies and ways to reduce the impact of conventional mining techniques. Comstock has partnered with companies to investigate mine water treatment and toxicity reduction. Mercury is a naturally occurring element that is naturally present in very, very small quantities in the ore we process. Mercury was also imported artificially and used for ore processing in the late 1800s – early 1900s, resulting in a legacy of mercury contamination in the Comstock region. As part of our Comstock responsible commitment to mining activities, we created, in conjunction with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (“NDEP”), a Soil Sampling and Analysis Plan (“SAP”) and a Long Term Sampling and Response Plan (“LTSRP”) for identifying, protecting, removing and ultimately cleaning up the historic mercury contamination. Comstock employs a variety of controls, including retorts, scrubbers, condensation, and activated carbon filters, to trap mercury and prevent its discharge into the atmosphere. Comstock’s processing captures and separates mercury from the ore and contaminated soils/rock. The mercury accumulated from these pollution control devices are then responsibly contained and stored to eliminate any potential risks to human health and the environment. In addition to these unprecedented mercury plans, , protocols, processes and controls, Comstock has partnered its nationally recognized competencies in creating a globally-focused, clean technology business called Mercury Clean Up LLC (“MCU.”)
Our experience in eliminating mercury contamination from previous clean-up efforts, coupled with MCU’s equipment, process and solution technology, and processing know-how, positions a tremendous opportunity for our planet, our partners, and our company. This joint venture with MCU represents a significant step forward in our strategy for delivering high-value, high cash-generating, precious-metal and conservation-based activities that are economically enhancing.
We are committed to maintaining excellent health and safety standards. While mining is regarded as a hazardous industry, safety procedures, and our site standards help to ensure that tasks and work practices are performed in a safe manner with minimal risk. We have implemented important safety and health programs and activities, special training above and beyond requirements, risk-assessment processes, recognition programs for safety achievement, and a commitment to determine and eliminate the root cause so that future occurrences can be prevented.