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USA: Freeport McMoRan settles pollution complaints with $6.8 million payment, includes company response

In 2012, Freeport McMoRan agreed to pay $6,8 million to the US Department of Interior to settle pollution complaints relating to its Morenci copper mine in Arizona. The charges pertained to rainwater falling on tailings from the mine and creating toxic surface water that killed and injured migratory birds. Freeport McMoRan responded to this report, highlighting policies and practices it has since put into place to protect wildlife.

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22 October 2019

Freeport McMoRan's response

Author: Freeport McMoRan

For more information, please refer to https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/freeport-mcmoran-corp-and-freeport-mcmoran-morenci-inc-will-pay-68-million-damages-injuries. All Freeport-McMoRan sites now have Wildlife Protection Plans in place to both monitor and protect wildlife that may enter our property.  Our 2016 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report highlights an example, whereby some company mines in the southwestern U.S. use mechanical predator Bird Advert Systems along with monofilament lines to deter birds from landing on processed water.

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1 May 2012

Freeport-McMoRan to pay $6.8 million to settle pollution complaints

Author: Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com

Freeport-McMoRan Corp. and subsidiary Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Inc. have agreed to pay $6.8 million to the U.S. Department of Interior to settle pollution complaints involving the company's Morenci copper mine in southeastern Arizona. A complaint filed by the Justice Department and the Arizona Attorney General's Office last week charged that rainwater falling on tailings from the mine created surface water containing high acidity that killed and injured migratory birds...

The copper mines were originally owned by Phelps Dodge, which began mining at the site in the 1880s. Phelps Dodge was acquired by Freeport-McMoran for $26 billion in 2007...Freeport said in a statement Monday that it "will continue to work to manage the environmental impacts of our operations in a responsible manner."

...the money will go to Interior's Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Fund, with $98,138.70 designated as reimbursement of Interior's remaining unpaid past natural resource damage assessment costs.

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