Government agencies authorize our activities by issuing environmental permits. These permits define how Cleveland-Cliffs must comply with the applicable environmental regulations to protect human health and the environment. Respecting these obligations is non-discretionary and necessary to preserve our social license to operate. Without these permissions, we cannot operate.
We have acquired hundreds of environmental permits throughout our operational portfolio that prescribe obligations relating to mining activities and environmental aspects related to air, water, waste, and land management impacts. These permits can be hundreds of pages and create millions of discrete compliance obligations over a year.
Being compliant is the minimum standard; doing better than the minimum and going beyond compliance is the essence of our core value of environmental stewardship and demonstrates our commitment to social responsibility.
We continue to improve our Environmental Management System (EMS) which is registered to the international environmental management system standard as the management tool to facilitate environmental performance and drive continual improvement.