Project is improving environmental performance and the aesthetics of east facing historic waste rock piles
South Jordan, Utah (June 22, 2018) – Rio Tinto Kennecott continues advancing reclamation of waste rock piles on the lower-outer face of the Bingham Canyon Mine as part of the Alternative View Project. The project will enhance the aesthetics of historic waste rock dumps visible from the Salt Lake Valley and provide optionality for future mining.
Kennecott has spent $150 million on the project since it began in 2015. As part of the project, Kennecott has moved approximately 350 million tons of waste rock to reshape, regrade and seed 400 acres. Kennecott has also finished constructing 35 stormwater detention basins to manage surface water runoff from the mine’s face. Each of these basins is designed to manage a 100-year, 24-hour rain event.
“This is an important project because it provides environmental benefits and helps meet our community’s expectations,” said senior project manager, Zeb Kenyon. “Concurrent reclamation will continue to be an important part of our environmental commitment as we mine in the future.”
Kennecott has a 25-year history investing in concurrent reclamation, or reclaiming land that is no longer needed for the operation while mining continues. As part of that history, Kennecott has restored more than 11,500 acres of land impacted by historic mining operations and spent more than $500 million in reclamation and remediation efforts.
About Rio Tinto Kennecott
As one of the largest copper producers in the United States, Rio Tinto Kennecott comprises nearly 15 percent of U.S. copper production. Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine is one of the top producing copper mines in the world with production at more than 19 million tons. Rio Tinto purchased Kennecott and related facilities in 1989 and has invested more than $2 billion in modernization since that time. Kennecott has also spent more than $350 million on the cleanup of historic mining waste and $100 million on groundwater cleanup. Take a closer look at kennecott.com.
About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the United Kingdom, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminum, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and Southern Africa. www.riotinto.com.