We have a long-standing commitment to function as a good corporate citizen. We recognize that constructive interaction with society and a positive relationship with host communities are important to business success. These goals are achieved by conducting business, whenever possible, so as to contribute to the overall economic vitality of the host community; by operating our facilities in accordance with environmental laws and regulations; and by supporting and encouraging public policies that enhance the proper operation of the business and take into account legitimate employee and community interests.
Accordingly, when assessing and addressing the impacts of our business, we consult with those who may be affected, where possible and appropriate, including customers, employees, shareholders, suppliers, and others in the communities in which we operate.
MTI has a long history of working with the communities in which we operate to find solutions to an array of issues. The Company has worked with both the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and local high school and college students in Lucerne Valley, California, to preserve the habitat for five endangered carbonate habitat plants as well as indigenous herds of big horn sheep on the Company’s property.
In addition to MTI’s recognized practice of working with Wyoming farmers and ranchers in ongoing reclamation of land used for bentonite mining, the Company has been very active in preserving the habitat of the greater sage grouse, which has been under consideration for listing as an endangered species.