Rio Tinto will provide the metal for medals awarded at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the committee organising the event said on Wednesday.
“Rio Tinto will provide all the gold, silver and copper to produce the 4,700 medals for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games,” the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said.
Metal for the medals will come from the company’s Bingham Canyon mine in the United States and from the Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia.
See http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/13/metals-olympics-riotinto-idUSLDE73C16X20110413
The Bingham Canyon mine is being criticised for air pollution, the Oyu Tolgoi mine for profligate use of water in an arid area. Both mines will be attacked at Rio Tinto’s London AGM on 14 April. See http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/04/rio-tinto-are-they-telling-us-the-whole-truth-2/ for further details.