Community updates

Community updates

Rio Tinto is committed to being actively engaged in the communities in which we operate. If you have ideas for other events or activities you think Rio Tinto should participate in, we encourage you to reach out.

October 2016: Air Quality Workshop - Sharing information and gathering feedback

In June 2016, Rio Tinto hosted a two-day workshop to gather feedback about the SO2 Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) Program. Participating government organizations included the BC Ministry of Environment, the District of Kitimat, Northern Health Authority, the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District, and the Regional District Hospital Board. Front and centre were members of the Kitimat Public Advisory Committee (KPAC) who actively participated to understand the science behind emissions monitoring and to share their feedback. A key focus of the workshop was to seek input into potential modifications to the EEM program, including the placement of new monitoring stations in relation to existing monitoring stations, identification of emission hotspots, and other places of value to the community.

Review the Workshop summary report

11 October 2016: Introducing the Nechako River Interactive Flow Facts
Rio Tinto has developed the Nechako Reservoir Interactive Flow Facts to provide everyone with access to the information they require about the reservoir and flow management. This tool was developed based on input from stakeholders and is intended to replace the old flow facts that were sent out by email. Now you can access up to date information on our website, from current reservoir levels and historical data provides access to real time data about reservoir activity, as well as historical data. If you would like to receive weekly updates, please email us.
September, 2016: Welcoming you to our new smelter
On September 24, Rio Tinto opened up the new smelter for everyone to come and take a look inside. More than 2,000 people came out to the open house both young and old, to see for themselves what the new smelter was all about. The open house also included a bus tour of the new smelter where attendees could go behind the scenes and learn about what makes the modernised smelter one of the world’s most modern aluminium smelters. In the coming months, Rio Tinto will be offering regular site tours so if you missed the open house, keep an eye out for when we announce these tours. On behalf of all of us at Rio Tinto, we would like to thank the community for making the open house such a memorable one, and more importantly, for your continued support of our operations in Kitimat.
22 May 2016: Introducing weekly monitoring reports
At Rio Tinto, we recognize that sharing information with the community is critically important, and we are committed to ensuring that interested parties have access to up to date information regarding our operations. We have initiated a weekly report that provides a summary of key observations from our air emissions monitoring initiatives. If you would like to receive these reports in your inbox, please email us and request to be added to our mailing list. You will also be able to access these reports here in our website. If you have feedback about these reports and the information you would like to see, please email us.
13 May 2016: Annual White Sturgeon Day
As a proud supporter of the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre, the Rio Tinto team was proud to participate in this year’s release of juvenile fish back to the Nechako River. It was an exciting experience for our team, considering that close to 10,000 white sturgeon will be reintroduced into the Nechako this year. Rio Tinto recognizes that events like these are critically important in the effort to preserve and rehabilitate endangered species like the white sturgeon, and remains committed to supporting these initiatives well into the future. If you have ideas for other events you think Rio Tinto should attend please contact our team.
13-14 May 2016: At the Vanderhoof Tradeshow

The Rio Tinto team recently attended the Annual Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce Trade Show. It was an excellent opportunity for our team to connect with our watershed stakeholders and businesses and to discuss some of the things we are working on at Rio Tinto. If you have ideas for other events you think Rio Tinto should attend please contact our team.