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ISSUE 10: Caterpillar advancing the use of alternative fuels in mining applications: Liquefied natural gas is abundant and environmentally friendly

As the industry has developed more economical and efficient methods for its recovery, natural gas has emerged as a cheap, environmentally friendly and abundant alternative to diesel and other fuels in applications across a number of industries. To help customers take advantage of this alternative fuel, Caterpillar is developing several technologies that will allow its use in engines in a number of applications.

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ISSUE 10: Mining a rich coal seam while managing the impact of operations

Armstrong Energy mines the rich coal seams of the United States’ Ohio River Valley, partnering with local Cat dealer Whayne Supply for equipment and support. The two organizations also share a focus on sustainability — recognizing the impact machines and mining operations have on the environments and communities where they operate.

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ISSUE 9: Rio Tinto and Caterpillar team up to fund nurse in central Queensland

A pink longwall shearer was recently unveiled at a coal mining project in central Queensland, Australia, to mark the start of a new friendship between Rio Tinto, Caterpillar Inc. and the McGrath Foundation, which raises money to place breast care nurses in communities across Australia and to increase breast cancer awareness in young women. » Read more

ISSUE 7: Osisko: A benchmark in responsible mining

When Osisko Mining Corporation started planning to build a mine in the middle of the town of Malartic, achieving maximum production wasn’t the first goal — having a positive impact on the community was. That’s why the company has done everything in its power to control dust, cut emissions, reduce noise and provide jobs to local workers.

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ISSUE 6: Film showcases companies that are mining right

The demand for minerals and raw materials is constantly increasing, and we all have to understand how we can meet that demand while protecting the world in which we live. "Ground Rules: Mining Right for a Sustainable Future" is a film by Caterpillar and Science North that helps raise awareness of everything the mining industry is already doing to operate sustainably while highlighting the importance of mining to everyday life around the world.

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ISSUE 5: Focusing on sustainability at MINExpo 2008: Caterpillar hosts global Health, Safety, Environment and Community Forum

MINExpo 2008 was an opportunity for the leaders of the mining industry and their customers to discuss their priorities, and the message was clear — health, safety, environment and community are at the top of the industry’s list. A number of the show’s educational sessions were dedicated to topics like waste management and air quality, as well as improving safety and reducing community impact. Mining companies also shared stories of their success in these areas so others could learn.

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ISSUE 4: The reclamation of Sudbury: The greening of a moonscape

The Sudbury area of Ontario, Canada has been producing ore for more than 100 years, and is also a regular tourist destination with dozens of scenic attractions and lakes. But in the 1970s, the now-beautiful landscape was regularly compared to the surface of the moon. Partnering with the Sudbury community and the Canadian government, mining companies Vale Inco and Xstrata have invested heavily in returning this once-desolate area to its former beauty.

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ISSUE 3: Miners speak with one voice on equipment safety

Safety is priority number one for everyone in the mining industry, from machine operators to company executives. In 2006, eight of the largest companies in the industry banded together to form the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table. EMESRT is a unique partnership aimed at sharing resources and best practices while encouraging manufacturers to improve Human Factors of design — all with the intent of making mines safer.

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ISSUE 2: Finding technology solutions to combat operator fatigue

When a mine is operating around the clock, operator fatigue is one of the biggest concerns to manage. Fatigued operators are more likely to be in accidents, and studies have shown that drowsiness is equivalent to being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But both mining companies and manufacturers are working to combat fatigue with solutions like more ergonomic cabs, diet and scheduling advice, and in-cab monitoring technology.

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ISSUE 1: Alternative fuels: Using biodiesel in off-highway engines

One of the mining industry’s biggest ongoing initiatives is to reduce carbon emissions and lessen the negative impact mining has on our environment. Since mining trucks burn millions of gallons of fuel every year, an alternative fuel source can greatly reduce total emissions. Research into the use of biodiesel is ongoing, with studies reporting negligible losses of power and significant emissions reductions when using plant-based sustainable fuels in off-highway trucks.

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ISSUE 1: Seeing clearly: Improved visibility means safer mine sites

A mine site in operation looks like a busy anthill, with dozens of vehicles traveling back and forth. But when some of the vehicles are three stories tall, it’s critical that all operators be aware of their surroundings. Cat truck cabs are designed for maximum visibility; but by using technologies like cameras, radar sensors and RFID tagging, Caterpillar is able to further increase visibility and keep everyone safer.

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