Observed slope movement will delay opening until 2014
South Jordan, Utah (April 1, 2013) – Due to slope movement of the northeast wall at Kennecott Utah Copper’s Bingham Canyon Mine over the winter, the Visitors Center and overlook plaza will not reopen as scheduled on April 1. Plans are underway to provide an educational opportunity for Utahns and tourists in 2014.
“Slope movement is an infrequent but expected occurrence in mining operations and is carefully monitored,” said Bingham Canyon Mine General Manager Matt Lengerich. “We are proactively addressing any potential safety issues by not opening the Visitors Center this year. We look forward to offering an experience that demonstrates the importance of mining and our commitment to the environment and community next year.”
Since 1992, the Bingham Canyon Mine Visitors Center has generated $2.8 million dollars for its charitable foundation, welcomed more than 3 million visitors and provided a unique experience to learn more about mining and how it benefits our everyday lives.
Follow Kennecott Utah Copper on facebook, twitter or Kennecott.com for updates on an opening date. For more information, visit Kennecott.com/visitors-center.
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About Kennecott Utah Copper
As the second largest copper producer in the United States, Kennecott Utah Copper comprises nearly 25 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. In 2011, Kennecott produced 237,300 tons of copper, 379,400 ounces of gold, 3.2 million ounces of silver, 30 million pounds of molybdenum, and 878,300 tons of sulfuric acid. 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. Rio Tinto employs 2,800 people and influences more than 14,000 indirect Utah jobs. In 2011, Kennecott invested $1.2 billion in the state of Utah in wages, benefits, taxes and purchases from nearly 1,000 Utah area businesses. 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.