Newmont received the Excellence in Mine Reclamation award from the Nevada Division of Minerals (NDOM) for its successful closure of legacy hazards in and around the small, inactive Bailey Day open pit mine.
Although Newmont did not mine Bailey Day, which is on federal land, the Company does control the claims. The property containing Bailey Day was the site of numerous historic mining efforts that left behind exposed shallow trenches, deep shafts and extensive underground workings.
After learning that trespassers had breached the fence and gained unauthorized access to the site, Newmont promptly initiated the process of sealing off the mine, including its open entrances and shafts. The closure was executed in a manner that minimized any environmental impacts to local wildlife. Waste rock removed by previous mining enterprises was used to backfill openings and create earthen barriers across the access road. Then, after the fieldwork was completed, the area was seeded to promote the return of native plants and animals. The area is now much safer for people and a more suitable habitat for wildlife and other species.
Read more about Newmont’s closure and reclamation efforts in our annual sustainability report, Beyond the Mine.