Developing Resources Responsibly

Natural resources are at the heart of mining, therefore good environmental stewardship is an industry imperative and a core requirement. Mining and its employees are at the center of our communities, underscoring our commitment to being good neighbors wherever we operate.

Twenty first century mining projects begin with extensive environmental and engineering studies, public involvement in major decision-making, and compliance with scores of state and federal laws and regulations governing every facet of the environment, from wildlife habitat protection to water quality monitoring.

Projects end with land reclamation that often includes making reclaimed mining sites useful to the community for developed recreation, wildlife enhancement and other local community needs.

Today’s mining is committed to continuing the extraordinary environmental progress that we have made in recent decades, with technological advancements that minimize mining’s impact on the environment.

U.S. mining is dedicated to upholding U.S. environmental standards while providing the critical resources that fuel the economy, foster innovation, build infrastructure, promote job creation and secure the nation’s energy future.

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Reclamation in Alaska

In April 2021, Kinross Alaska announced a partnership with Trout Unlimited on the Alaska Abandoned Mine Restoration Initiative, which is the first partnership of its kind in Alaska. Kinross, a major mining company, and the Trout Unlimited conservation organization are working alongside federal and state... Read More

Developing Resources Responsibly

The Future for Copper

Florence Copper is working to be the “greenest copper mine in the world,” and it is hoping to start construction of commercial facilities this year. The project will be a large-scale commercial copper mining facility in Arizona. But Florence Copper isn’t waiting for final permits to consider the mine’s... Read More

A Partnership to Improve the Upper Blackfoot River

Some projects are improved by collaboration. That’s why Bayer, J.R. Simplot and Nutrien teamed up with two conservation groups to create the Upper Blackfoot Confluence (UBC), a partnership dedicated to improving the streams and trout fishery of the Upper Blackfoot River watershed.  This area contains... Read More

Lithium Americas, Lithium Powers the Future

Electric vehicles (EVs) will be a huge part of the world’s efforts to reduce emissions from the transportation sector. EVs produce zero direct emissions, and they also produce fewer life cycle emissions than conventional vehicles because most emissions are lower for electricity generation than burning... Read More

Freeport-McMoRan and Rio Tinto, The Copper Mark

Sustainability has a pivotal role to play in mining, as demonstrated by The Copper Mark, the first and only assurance framework of the copper industry which demonstrates responsible production practices and industry contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of sustainable production... Read More

McLanahan Corporation: Reusable Water in Mining

Water is essential to mining operations, and it’s imperative that water usage be as sustainable as possible. Mining uses water in mineral processing, dust suppression and slurry transport, among other needs. Removing suspended solids from water is generally considered one of the minimum requirements... Read More

American Voters Want to Prioritize Pro-Mining Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the president prepares to deliver his third State of the Union address, U.S. voters want to see government action on a number of issues key to the mining industry – from reducing the nation’s alarming mineral import reliance by encouraging domestic mining to leading in developing... Read More

Contura Energy: Exemplary Work in Reclamation

The Earth is a critically important resource, and it is up to us to respect and care for it. That’s why the mining industry takes such pride in its reclamation efforts. After mining has finished, mining companies restore the land to wildlife areas and wetlands, recreation areas and farms. 88 Strip... Read More

LinkedIn Blog: Caring for our Planet Through Reclamation

Environmental stewardship is at the very heart of modern mining. Today’s mining projects begin with extensive environmental studies and end with land that is improved for a variety of uses, depending on the location and community needs. But what do we mean by reclamation, anyway? Reclamation is the... Read More

Newmont and IUCN Form Partnership on Biodiversity Conservation

Newmont Mining Corporation is doubling down on its commitment to sustainability by partnering with an international organization focused on nature conservation and the sustainable use of resources. Recently, Newmont announced a three-year collaborative agreement with the International Union for Conservation... Read More

Peabody's Wild Boar Mine Honored with National Reclamation Award

Peabody's Wild Boar Mine recently received the 2018 National Reclamation Award for reclamation work on the Barren Fork Pit near Lynnville, Ind. Awarded by the Interstate Mining Compact Commission in the coal category, the award recognizes the company's “dedication to the maintenance of environmental... Read More

Newmont Mining: Ensuring Reliable and Healthy Watersheds

Water impacts economic development, business growth and social well-being in many regions of the world. For Newmont, water is a critical resource to its business and the environments in which the company operates. Newmont has developed a Global Water Strategy (GWS) that supports water stewardship and... Read More

Peabody: Honored for Excellence in Responsible Mining

Peabody recently was recognized by London-based Capital Finance International as the most responsible global mining company in 2017, marking the second consecutive year the company has been recognized for excellence in environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards and performance. The international... Read More

Kinross Gold: A Shining Example of Caring for Our Neighbors

Mining and its employees are at the center of communities all across America, and the mining industry is committed to being good neighbors wherever operations are located. That means our mining companies are dedicated to upholding environmental standards while providing the critical resources that fuel... Read More

Newmont Goes ‘Beyond the Mine’ with Sustainability Report

Newmont Mining Corporation recently published Beyond the Mine, the company’s annual report on its efforts to create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining. “Building a healthier, safer and more environmentally sound and socially responsible business is embedded in our long-term... Read More

Newmont: Recycling and Repurposing to Protect the Environment

The Colorado Mining Association (CMA) honored winners of the Environmental Stewardship and Pollution Prevention Awards on Feb. 21 at the 119th annual National Western Mining Conference and Exhibition in Denver. Conference attendees at the awards banquet gathered to celebrate the very best mining company... Read More

Land Restoration a Natural Part of the Mining Process for Peabody

Peabody, like many responsible coal producers, views land restoration as an essential part of the mining process, restoring high-value lands for rangeland, wildlife habitat, hardwood forest, prime farmland and wetlands. Over the past decade, Peabody has spent $185 million to restore approximately... Read More