Project Tour, September 26, 2013
Rio Tinto and Holden Village welcomed Chelan County and City elected officials and community leaders to tour the Holden Mine Cleanup Project in September.
During the day-long visit, Project Manager Dave Cline explained why and how Rio Tinto is doing the cleanup. He said along with cleaning up historic environmental problems like ground and surface water contamination, the project is contributing to the local economy. "Rio Tinto will spend more than $30 million locally by the time the cleanup is finished," he said. "This includes what we will spend on camp support and leasing, ferry services, equipment rental, fuel, subcontractor professional services, and local lodging." Cline estimates the project will produce an additional $15 million from employee spend in the local community.
The cleanup will create more than 370 jobs over the life of the project. About 250 of those jobs are Rio Tinto and contract employees. Another 120 are local employees, who will earn a total of approximately $4.3 million in wages.
The Holden Mine Project is a federally mandated cleanup to remediate past environmental problems from the old Holden Mine site and prevent future water and soil contamination. While Rio Tinto never owned or operated the Holden Mine, we are paying for and managing the cleanup as part of the acquisition terms from previous owners.
"The scope of the project was much more vast than I had imagined," said one visitor. "To see this amount of work, moving creeks, building bridges is totally amazing."