Goldcorp Inc.

Goldcorp Inc.

June 09, 2010 20:41 ET

Goldcorp Reports Action Regarding Marlin Mine

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2010) -

(All amounts expressed in US dollars)

GOLDCORP INC. (TSX:G)(NYSE:GG) today issued a statement regarding a request by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ("IACHR") asking the Guatemalan government to suspend operation of the Marlin mine in San Miguel Ixtahuacan, Guatemala. Goldcorp believes the IACHR's action is based on environmental allegations that are entirely without merit. The government of Guatemala has requested an extension of 15 days to respond to the IACHR.

"The existing scientific data and analysis clearly demonstrate no pollution or ill effects to health and the environment as a result of the mine's presence," said Chuck Jeannes, Goldcorp President and Chief Executive Officer. "This documentation is freely available and provides a compelling basis for the Guatemalan government to request the IACHR to withdraw its action. We are proud of Goldcorp's record of safe, responsible operations at Marlin, and of the positive contributions it has brought to the area and to the country. We welcome this opportunity to demonstrate once again our commitment to operating responsibly and with complete transparency on behalf of all stakeholders."

The IACHR, an autonomous organ of the Organization of American States, issued precautionary measures with respect to 18 communities located near the Marlin Mine. The measures, which are based on submissions to the Commission that have not been made public, are being requested to stop what the IACHR understands to be "grave and imminent" threats to the environment and health of local communities from Marlin's operations. This understanding is based on allegations that have been repeatedly disproven. The Guatemalan government's testing (conducted by independent certified laboratories) and extensive Company monitoring results provided to Guatemalan government agencies MEM (Ministerio de Energia y Minas) and MARN (Ministerio de Ambiente y Recursos Naturales) demonstrate that there is no evidence of adverse impacts related to mining activity from the Marlin mine. Environmental and Social Performance Annual Monitoring Reports for the Marlin mine can be found at In addition, an independent study carried out by the Physicians for Human Rights working with the University of Michigan reported levels of heavy metals in individuals near the mine that do not exceed reference limits and that soil and water samples taken near the mine are also within international standards.

Goldcorp and its employees have continued to operate Marlin mine to the highest standards, with an abiding commitment to the responsible stewardship of the environment and to the human rights of the people in communities near Marlin. The Company believes that any suspension of mining activities would directly and adversely impact the human rights to work, to earn a living, to personal health, and to education of mine employees and members of the nearby communities. Marlin mine currently employs 1,900 people with a payroll in 2009 totaling over $23 million. Approximately 64% of employees are Mayan indigenous residents of San Miguel Ixtahuacan and Sipacapa and 98% are from Guatemala.

For more information on the social, economic and environmental initiatives, benefits and effects of Marlin mine to the communities near San Miguel, please visit

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