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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook 1990
Year 1990, Volume 2 (1990)

White, Doss H., Jr.; Dean, Lewis S.
Alabama,   pp. [42]-52 ff. PDF (1.5 MB)

Page 48

48  ALABAMA—1990capacity was in excess of 1 million short tons
of sheet
steel and 540,000 tons of fmished seamless pipe per 14 
 Work was underway at CMC's Birmingham mill to install a new four-stand continuous
caster. CMC's steel businesses operated under the name Structural Metals
Inc. (SMI). Once the continuous caster project is completed, CMC plans to
install a new meltshop at SMI Alabama. The Alabama facility has a capacity
of 325,000 short tons per year, but when the new meltshop comes onstream
in 1993, capacity will be raised to approximately 500,000 short tons per
year of medium-size angles, flats and channels, and 8-inch wide flange beams.
 L.eaiL—Interstate Lead Co. operated a secondary lead smelter at
near Birmingham. The firm processed scrap batteries to recover the lead content.
In July, the company began work on removing contaminated soil from a "ditch-like
tributary" to meet terms of a 1988 agreement between the company, the
Department of Environmental Management, and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency.'6 In August, the company was fined for discharging untreated storm
water into a tributary of Dry Creek, which flows into Lake Purdy, a major
source of Birmingham's drinking water. The "tributary" was the
ditch from
which the company was removing the contaminated soil. ~ 
 Tan/alwn.—Alabama's only extractive metal producer, Coosa Mining
owned by O'Dell Construction Co., mined and processed a tantalum concentrate
from property in Coosa County near Rockford. This was the only tantalum operation
in the United States. The company mined a pegmatite and used wet gravity
methods to recover a tantalum concentrate that was sold to the U.S. Government.
Scrap mica and beryl were recovered as a byproduct. 
 Other Metals.—Ilmenite was imported from Australia by Kerr McGee
Corp. for feedstock for its synthetic rutile 
plant near Mobile. The synthetic material was shipped to a Kerr McGee plant
in Hamilton, MS, for use in the manufacture of titanium dioxide pigments.
Manganese and chromite were imported by Prince Manufacturing Co. , Phenix
City, for a coloring agent in the manufacture of brick. Iron ore fines were
recovered from the tailings from former iron mining operations in Franklin
County. The fmes were sold to cement manufacturers. 
 ' State Mineral Officer, U.S. Bureau of Mines, Tuscaloosa, AL. He has 30
years of mineral-related industry and government experience and has covered
mineral activities in Alabama since 1989. Assistance in the preparation of
the chapter was given by Maylene E. Hubbard, editorial assistant. 
 kieologist, Mineral Resources Division, Geological Survey of Alabama. 
 ' Dean, L S. (ed.) Minerals in Alabama, 1990. 
Alabama Geological Survey, Information Series 64!, 1991. 
p. 2. 
 4AIaban~a Business and Economic Indicators, Center for Business and Economic
Research. v. 60, No. 5, May 
 ' Port of Mobile. Annual Report Highlights. v. 64, No. 3, Mar. 1991, pp.
 6Port of Mobile. State Docks Establishes Fourth 
Consecutive Tonnage Record. v. 64, No. 4, Apr. 1991, 
p. 6. 
 7Port of Mobile Tonnage Report. Waterborne. Jan..Dec. 1990. 
 ' Alabama Business and Economic Indicators, Center for Business and Economic
Research. v. 60, No. 5, May 1991. 
 ' MiningEngineering. v. 43, No. 5, May l99l,p. 493. 
 "Industrial Minerals. US Carbonate Joint ventare. 
No. 274, July 1990, p. 86. 
 "Alabama Development News. v. XX, No. 6, May 1990, p.5. 
 taThe Wall StreetJournal. DyingBreed. June 3, 1991. 
 "Alabama DevelopmentNews. V. XX, No. 10, Sept. 9, 1990, p.4. 
 ' 4Page 7 of work cited in footnote 3. 
 "Metals Bulletin Monthly. Steelmaking Proves 
Attractive to CommercialMetals. May 1991. 
 ' ~The Birmingham News. State May Fine ILCO Over Discharges. July 28, 1990.
 ' llirmingham Post-Herald. Interstate Lead Gets Water Pollution Fine. Aug.
10, 1990. 

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