BP Minerals America will begin charging for visits to its Bingham Canyon Mine beginning Aug. 15.
The fees will be $1 for motorcycles, $2 for passenger vehicles and $20 for tour buses. All money from the fees will be donated to local, non-profit organizations, a company press release said."Although visitors have been permitted for many years to visit the Bingham Canyon Mine at no charge, BP Minerals America sees an opportunity to create a valuable new funding source for worthwhile community social needs," the press release said.
It also said that despite the new fees, a visit to the mine is still "a real bargain."