American Exploration & Mining Association’s (AEMA) honored two
American mining projects with Environmental Excellence awards at the 121st
Annual Meeting last
week in Spokane, WA.  Rio Tinto’s Legacy Management Group was
recognized for their outstanding work in reclaiming the historic Holden
Mine Site in Holden Village, WA, and Midas Gold Corp. was recognized for
voluntarily reclaiming pre-existing disturbance,
improving water quality and restoring fish habitat at its Stibnite Gold
Project in Valley County, Idaho.

Laura Skaer, AEMA Executive Director said
“AEMA annually recognizes stand out projects like Rio Tinto’s
Holden Mine project and Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project. They emulate
the mining industry’s commitment to sustainable mining practices,
environmental stewardship and community care.”
projects were undertaken, implementing state of the art reclamation
techniques to improve fish habitat and protect air and water quality,
all while keeping the environment,
sustainability and the surrounding community in mind.
Holden Mine Cleanup Project Manager Dave Cline said,
“Rio Tinto’s goal is to complete the remediation of past environmental problems at the old Holden Mine site
safely, cost-effectively,
and in a way that creates a sustainable socioeconomic future for Holden Village and other nearby communities.
the construction of a water treatment plant at the site and on-going
environmental monitoring, Rio Tinto is committed to the project for
the long term. We are
honored to receive this award and appreciate AEMA’s recognition of our efforts.”
Annual Meeting is the second largest annual mining convention in the
U.S., it featured 242 exhibitors, a core shack, over 30 short course and
technical sessions, and
two field trips to area mines, bringing more than 1,700 people to
Spokane, WA.

Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) is a 121-year old, 2,100
member national association representing the minerals industry with
members residing in 42 U.S.
states, seven Canadian provinces or territories, and 10 other
countries. AEMA is the recognized national voice for exploration, the
junior mining sector, and maintaining access to public lands, and
represents the entire mining life cycle, from exploration
to reclamation and closure.


By Zen Chi

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