Rio Tinto for the Greenwash Gold 2012

The metal for the 2012 Olympics medals is being provided by Rio Tinto, a massive British mining company.

The metal for the 2012 Olympics medals is being provided by Rio Tinto, a massive British mining company.

Metal for the medals will come from the company’s Kennecott Bingham Canyon mine in Utah, USA, and its Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia.

Groups in Utah are protesting about air pollution from Rio Tinto’s Bingham Canyon operations, which contributes to hundreds of premature deaths each year in the Salt Lake City area. Planned expansion would make the situation worse.

The Oyu Tolgoi mine will use enormous quantities of water in a desert region, and campaigners there accuse the company of poor planning and failure to share information with the public.

But these are not the only concerns about Rio Tinto.

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The company’s Ranger Uranium Mine in Australia routinely spills radioactive water into the surrounding area and is opposed by Aboriginal communities.

Rio Tinto is associated with human rights abuses around its now-closed Kelian Gold Mine in Indonesia and the Grasberg copper and gold mine in West Papua.

In Bougainville, in the Pacific, it hopes to reopen a copper mine which caused such catastrophic pollution that it sparked a war.

In the USA, it is accused of violation of Indigenous treaty rights in Michigan, a legacy of pollution in Wisconsin, and planning destructive projects in Alaska and Arizona.

And it has a history of appalling labour relations – currently workers at its aluminium smelter in Quebec, Canada, are locked out because the company refuses equal pay for equal work.

Rio Tinto is bad news for many communities around the world. Its operations have failed to provide adequate protection of public health, the environment, workers and human rights. It is a scandal that it should be providing the metal for the London Olympic medals.

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"I was delighted to learn that the 2012 Olympic committee was aiming for the greenest Olympics ever. Then I heard that Rio Tinto metal from our controversial Utah mine would be used to make the medals. Rio Tinto is far from being a green mining company. In Utah, they are the number one emitter of toxins known to cause harm to human health. "

Rio Tinto Bingham Mine



Every year, between 1000 and 2000 Utahns die prematurely due to chronic air pollution and Rio Tinto's Bingham mine is responsible for about 30% of this."

Cherise Udell, Utah Moms for Clean Air


Rio Tinto's Bingham Mine


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