Land donation supports Warriors and Wolves Veteran Program

Therapeutic program assists combat veterans transition back to society

For more than 100 years, a mining legacy site spanning about 3,000 acres in Frazier Park, California, has rested — waiting for new purpose. The land, purchased by Rio Tinto Minerals, formerly U.S. Borax, in 1922 and inactive since 1913, gets new life this month through a bargain sale to the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center.

The sale includes a donation of nearly 2,000 acres to the wolf sanctuary that is also committed to healing combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Rio Tinto is focused on sustainable development and being a corporate citizen to our surrounding communities,” said Nathan Francis, land manager at Rio Tinto Minerals. “We act on opportunities to benefit the community and environment where we can. With this particular sale, I believe we accomplish that.”

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BBC Podcast on the element Boron

BBC visited Southern California where the modern-day story of boron first began

Boron is the mineral from the Wild West that stops glass from shattering and stops bullets in their tracks.

Presenter Laurence Knight visits the Dixon Glass works to see why borosilicate glass is perfect for making chemistry equipment and much of the glassware we use in our day-to-day lives.

Professor Andrea Sella demonstrates how this element puts the flub into flubber. Colin Roberson, founder of body armour firm Advanced Defence Materials, explains why being shot is like standing at the bottom of a volcano.

And the BBC's Kim Gittleson travels to the deserts of California where the modern-day story of boron first began.

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A transparent look at borate use

in flat and container glass

At Rio Tinto Borax, formerly U.S. Borax, it has always been our approach to work on behalf of borate users. To accomplish this, we invest a lot of time researching new applications for this important substance and comparing them to others in the market, keeping regulatory issues and sustainability top of mind. Staying true to our heritage, we also communicate the results of these efforts to our customers and peers.

Unfortunately, that level of transparency is not shared across the industry. Over the past year, my colleagues and I have attended conferences at which research about borate use in flat and container glass. The research was incorrectly presented as new and failed to cover two major usage concerns: cost and furnace emissions. 

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