Small-Scale Mining //
The Guanaceví mine is our only operation affected by small-scale mining activity. In support of this historical aspect of the local economy, and following a predecessor agreement, our operating permit requires us to support local mining, and accept up to 10% of our feed from small-scale local miners. Guanaceví supports 13 officially recognized artisanal miners, who are registered as small businesses with Mexican authorities and are subject to Mexican small business laws. These small-scale local miners hand-sort material from surface dumps within the district and are permitted to unload small truckloads of ore at our plant’s stockpile area, just outside the main gate. Our plant manager supervises the delivery, weighing, and sampling of the material, and arranges for payment.