Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane, has long been actively committed to protecting the environment and the quality of life in neighbouring communities. Concern for the environment began back in the 1970s, when RTFT implemented an extensive air purification program. During the 1980s, dust collecting systems were upgraded so that these residues could be reused during the process or could be recycled. In the 90s, it focused on reducing waste in water at the source and on building a wastewater treatment plant. In fact, RTFT was awarded the "Mérite environnemental 1995" prize from Quebec's ministry of the environment for its wastewater treatment program and for its role in protecting the St. Lawrence River. Over the course of these three decades, more than $215 million were invested in environmental protection. Since 2000, RTFT has continued with its commitment to protect the environment and nearly $30 million has been invested in different improvement projects, including more than $4 million for reducing community noise levels.
RTFT recognizes that the integration of the environment with the company's global management strategies is essential to its long term success. Hence, the environmental policy of Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane, affirms the importance of operating its mining and metallurgical installations at Sorel-Tracy and Havre-Saint-Pierre in keeping with the principles of Sustainable Development.