Kennecott's environmental policy is administered by the vice president of environmental affairs whose responsibilities, with the cooperation and support of the other departments within the company, are the following:

  • Review, approve, and monitor all environmental management and emergency response programs

  • Assess, coordinate, and monitor the environmental aspects of Kennecott's projects and operations for uniform and consistent compliance with current and anticipated laws, regulations, and standards

  • Direct environmental planning for and investigations of proposed projects and investments

  • Direct or review and approve, as appropriate, the preparation of all environmental studies and documentation for all operations, permits, and licenses

  • Evaluate applicable developments in environmental technology and waste-management practices, and provide technical assistance and guidance for management of environmental programs at each operation

  • Monitor and assess trends in environmental legislation and regulation and, where appropriate, actively represent Kennecott's interests

  • In conjunction with each operation or project, develop and implement community relations programs that provide open, timely, and responsive communication on environmental programs

  • Inform and advise Kennecott management on environmental compliance and performance and the technical and economic implications of environmental programs and developments

  • Develop and maintain a continuing education and training program in environmental matters for all staff

The managers of all operations, projects, or activities are responsible for carrying out this policy in accordance with the direction and guidance of the vice president of environmental affairs.


As the flagship of Kennecott's operations, Kennecott Utah Copper (KUC) provides as good example of this environmental strategy in action in a large mining operation. KUC occupies over 92,000 acres in the Oquirrh Mountains just west of Salt Lake City. Operations include the Bingham Canyon Mine, the Copperton and North Concentrators, the Magna Tailings Impoundment, the Garfield Smelter and Refinery, the Utah Power Plant, and miscellaneous support facilities (Figure 1 ). KUC produces over 300,000 tons of copper, 500,000 ounces

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