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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook area reports: domestic 1978-79
Year 1978-79, Volume 2 (1978-1979)

Krempasky, George T.; Hull, Donald A.; Gray, Jerry J.
Oregon,   pp. 439-448 PDF (1.1 MB)

Page 447

Table 7.—Principal producers 
Commodity and company Address Type of activity County 
Smelter Linn. ~ 
Plant Multnomah. 
Plants Baker and 
Mine and plant_ Lake. 
Mine and plant_ Douglas. 
- - - _do___ 
— - — _do___ 
— - — _do_____ 
Dredge and plant. 
Surface mine — — 
- - - _do_____ 
 THE MINERAL LNDUSTRY OF OREGON 447See footnotes at end of table. 
the base for sponge production, could be purchased more cheaply elsewhere.
Ormet produced magnesium metal by electrolysis for its own titanium reduction;
it is studying proposed plans for expansion of its titanium sponge plant.
 Zirconium.—Because of a downturn in nuclear reactor orders, Teledyne
Wah Chang Corp., the country's only zirconium producer, had less zirconium
sponge output. More than half of the metal produced was destined for reloads
in existing reactors. The plant was closed for 1 month during the past 2
years; owing to a slump in markets, the work force was reduced 17% by yearend.
In August 1978, a public hearing was called by the Oregon Department of Environmental
Quality on a Wah Chang permit request for a 20% increase in oxide production
rates. Further hearings were held in October 1978 on compliance with existing
permits; renewal was granted. No increase in pollution limits were allowed;
subsequently, the company was fined for numerous violations. Wah Chang maintained
that the limits were too low, and could not be met under existing technology.
Radioactive wastes containing Radium-226 were discov 
ered as an additional pollutant. An estimated 6,500 tons of this waste product
was sent to Hanford, Wash., for disposal. Concern continued over remaining
sludges because of solubility of this form of radium and the emanation of
radon gases. 
 ' State mineral specialist, Bureau of Mines, Spokane, Wash. 
 2ate Geologist, Oregon Department of Geology and 
Mineral Industries, Portland, Oreg. 
 3Economic geologist, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries,
Portland, Oreg. 
 4Gray, J. J., G. R. Allen, and G. S. Mack. Rock Material Resources of Clackamas,
Columbia, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, Oregon. Oreg. Dept. Geol. and
Mm. md., Spec. Paper 3, 1978,54 pp. 
 ' Friedman, J. M., E. G. Niemi, and E. .E. Whitlaw. Analysis and Forecasts
of the Demand for Rock Materials in Oregon. Oreg. Dept. Geol. and Mi md.,
Spec. Paper 5, 1979,84 pp. 
 6Clemmons, G. H. An Evaluation of Coastal Oregon's Marginal Aggregates.
Oreg. State Univ. Dept. Civil Eng., Transport. Res. Rept. 79-5, 1979, 135
 °Chintakovid, V. Evaluation of Aggregate Needs and Problems Along
Oregon Coast. Oreg. State Univ., Dept. Civil Eng.; project submitted to the
Dept. Civil Eng. 1979, 107 pp. 
 8Peterson, N. V., and L Ramp. Soapstone Industry in Southwest Oregon. Oreg.
Dept. Geol. and Mi md., The Ore Bin, v. 40, No. 9, September 1978, pp. 148-157.
 9Hassoun, H. Industrial Energy Consumption Studies Part I, The Aluminum
Industry. Oreg. Dept. Energy, June 1978, 110 pp. 
 10Ramp, L. Investigation of Nickel in Oregon. Oreg. Dept. Geol. and Mi md.,
Paper 20, 1978,68 pp. 
 Martin Marietta Aluminum, Inc - 
Reynolds Metals Co__________ 
Oregon Portland Cement Co.' - - - - 
American Fossil, Inc  
National Metallurgical Corp_____ Union Carbide Corp__________ 
Amalgamated Sugar Co  Ash Grove Cement Co_________ 
Central Oregon Pumice Co______ 
 Graystone Corp_____________ Sand and gravel: 
 Cascade Aggregates Co________ 
 Willamette western Co________ 
 Beaver State Sand and GraveL - - - 
Joe Bernert Towing Co  
6801 Rock Ledge Dr. 
Bethesda, MD 20034 
Troutdale, OR 97060 
111 SE. Madison St. 
Portland, OR 97214 
Box 203 
Christmas Valley, OR 97638 
Springfield, OR 97477_________ 
Nyssa, OR 97913__________ 
ioi west 11th St. 
Kansas City, MO 64105 
5 Greenwood Ave. 
Bend, OR 97701 
Box 1087 
Bend, OR 97701 
Box 583 
Scappoose, OR 97056 
Foot of North Portsmouth Ave. 
Portland, OR 97203 
Box 1427 
Roseburg, OR 97070 
Box 37 
Wilsonville, OR 97070 
Plant Lane. 
- - - _do Malbeur. 
- - - _do Multnomah. 

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