TORONTO, April 12 Mining group Rio Tinto's
Bingham Canyon operation in Utah is still producing
copper even though mining operations were suspended after a
landslide on Wednesday, a spokesman said on Friday.
Justin Jones, a spokesman for Rio Tinto Kennecott, which
operates the mine, could not say how long the smelting and
refining process could continue with stockpiled material. He
said that is still being assessed.
"The mine itself is very large, and there are possibilities
that we can begin starting portions of the mine, you know,
within a few days, thus not interrupting the production of
copper," he said.
Jones said investigators hope to re-enter the mine as soon
as there is daylight at the site, which is near Salt Lake City,