Vale Inco demonstrates continued commitment to mine reclamation with the creation of the Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award

    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - Vale Inco Limited, in partnership with the
Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) and the Ontario Mining
Association (OMA), is pleased to announce the creation of the Tom Peters
Memorial Mine Reclamation Award, which celebrates groundbreaking and
innovative work in the promotion of mine reclamation.
    The inaugural award ceremony took place Monday at the Ontario Mining
Association's convention in Windsor, Ontario. The Ontario Ministry of Northern
Development and Mines was the winner of the award, recognizing its progressive
reclamation of the former Kam Kotia Mine in Timmins. The award was presented
by Mike Peters, Tom's son, who works in Vale Inco's Environment Department in
    "This award is a fitting tribute to the legacy Tom Peters left in the
field of mine reclamation," said Fred Stanford, President of Vale Inco's
Ontario Operations. "It is also a testament to Vale Inco's ongoing commitment
to sustainability and environmental stewardship everywhere we operate."
    Bryan Tisch, Co-President of the CLRA Ontario Chapter said, "Tom Peters
was a gifted leader who championed environmental causes related to the mining
sector and was internationally recognized in the field of land reclamation. 
The CLRA is very proud of Tom's achievements and we think that this award is a
fitting way to recognize his efforts and lasting contributions as a founding
member of the CLRA."
    "The Ontario Mining Association represents companies with a vested
interest in environmental stewardship," said Chris Hodgson, President of the
OMA, "and it is our goal to seek out, promote and share best practices and
technologies across the industry. We view the Tom Peters Award as a fitting
way to honour an environmental trailblazer, recognize excellence among
practitioners today and lay the groundwork for an even brighter future."
    Tom Peters began his career at Vale Inco (formerly Inco Limited) in 1948
and played a key role in initiatives to support tailings re-vegetation and
overall land reclamation. He pioneered the use of agricultural practices in
the re-greening of mine tailings, including basic recipes for the addition of
limestone, fertilizer, seed and the planting of fall rye as a cover crop. His
work yielded excellent results on Vale Inco's Copper Cliff tailings area and
his methods have become standard practice for mine sites all over the world.
    In addition to the award, a $5,000 bursary will be awarded in the
winner's name to a Masters or PhD level student who is undertaking
reclamation-related research involving a mine site in Ontario. The award will
be financed by Vale Inco and will be administered through the Ontario Chapter
of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association.

    About Vale Inco Limited

    Vale Inco Limited is a leading producer of nickel, copper, cobalt and
precious metals, based in Toronto, Canada. Vale Inco is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (Vale) (NYSE:   RIO), one of the
world's largest mining companies. Vale Inco has over 12,000 employees
worldwide and had net sales of over US$10 billion in 2007. Vale Inco is
committed to the pursuit of sustainable growth by operating with respect for
the natural environment and being an ethically and socially responsible

For further information:

For further information: Cory McPhee, Director, Communications and
Public Affairs, Vale Inco Limited, (416) 361-7669,

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