Rio Tinto pleased with British Columbia Court of Appeal decision

    MONTREAL, Feb. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto announced that it is pleased
with today's B.C. Court of Appeal decision, confirming the 2007 B.C. Supreme
Court ruling by Chief Justice Brenner, which concluded that there are no
restrictions on the Company's use or sale of Kemano power in the legislation
or agreements with the Province of British Columbia.
    "We are satisfied with today's decision, and we hope that Rio Tinto Alcan
and the District of Kitimat can now focus on working together to address the
economic challenges and opportunities of the region," said Jacynthe Côté,
Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal President.
    Rio Tinto Alcan has sold clean and renewable Kemano power since the
1950's and BC Hydro has recognized Rio Tinto Alcan-supplied power as an
important resource to support the North Coast region.
    The conclusion of the B.C. Court of Appeal states: "I conclude the Chief
Justice made no error in concluding as he did that Alcan was not precluded
from selling the power it generates under either Act or the Agreement."
    "We hope that this legal challenge, which has caused so much uncertainty
in the region, is now ended and we can focus our collective energies on
bringing the Kitimat Modernization Project to fruition" said Jacynthe Côté. "A
project that will allow a reduction of more than 400 000 tonnes of GHG
emission, is in line with our sustainability approach" she added.

    About Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto
Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
    Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and
uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and
iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia
and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe
and southern Africa.

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operating costs, operational problems, political uncertainty and economic
conditions in relevant areas of the world, the actions of competitors,
activities by governmental authorities such as changes in taxation or
regulation and such other risk factors identified in Rio Tinto's most recent
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Exchange Commission (the "SEC") or Form 6-Ks furnished to the SEC.
Forward-looking statements should, therefore, be construed in light of such
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announcement should be interpreted to mean that future earnings per share of
Rio Tinto plc or Rio Tinto Limited will necessarily match or exceed its
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of its officers or any person named in this announcement with their consent or
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representation or warranty (either express or implied) or gives any assurance
that the implied values, anticipated results, performance or achievements
expressed or implied in forward-looking statements contained in this
announcement will be achieved.

For further information:

For further information: please contact: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations
  Kitimat: Colleen Nyce, +1-250-639-8760,; Rio Tinto
Alcan Media Relations, Montreal: Stefano Bertolli, +1-514-848-8151,;;

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