Rio Tinto is building a truly world class underground nickel and copper mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The Upper Peninsula’s economy has historically relied on its natural resources and we’re proud to be leading the resurgence of mining activity. In building Michigan’s first new mine in decades, we’re dedicated to safety, protecting the environment and to putting area people to work.
Eagle is scheduled to begin operations in 2014. The mine is expected to produce 300 million pounds of nickel, 250 million pounds of copper and small amounts of other metals over its seven to eight year productive life. To maximize opportunities in the region, we will continue to explore for additional resources in the Upper Peninsula.
When mining operations are completed, we will see restoration efforts are implemented quickly and efficiently. In order to preserve the environment, it’s our goal to see that any land that has been disrupted during the mining process is returned to a natural state.