Posted: May 22nd, 2023
Alcoa Australia mines bauxite from open pits and transported via road to the neighbouring refineries, and then transported to be smelted in Victoria, at Point Henry in Geelong and Portland. The open pits are a major environmental hazard as they clear the local vegetation, influence plants and animal life, and facilitate the process of soil erosion. Alcoa Australia has put in place special precautionary measures to overcome these hazards. The company employs water drainage practices in the course of extraction to ensure that soil erosion is minimized and flora is taken back to the virgin land. Either the top soil is re-used to fill the pits. The cost of rehabilitating the land constitutes part of the overall cost of mining. As a proof that Alcoa Australia is committed to environmental sustainability, it became the first mining industry to receive the coveted Global 500 Roll of Honour by the United Nations Environmental Program.
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