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

White, Doss H., Jr.; Johnston, John; Marsalis, W. E.
Louisiana,   pp. [224]-233 PDF (1.4 MB)


Page 230

230  LOUISIANA-.-199( Stone (dimension) was shipped into the State from domestic
and foreign quarries and fabricated into building products, grave markers,
and monuments. 
 The vermiculite exfoliating plant of 
W. R. Grace & Co. at New Orleans was 
inactive during the year. In past years, the plant exfoliated material obtained
from mines in South Carolina. 
Metals 
 Alumina.—The Ormet Corp. , Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical
Corp. ,
and LaRoche Chemicals Inc. operated alumina refineries at Burnside and Gramercy.
The Ormet Corp.'s 600,000short-ton-per-year facility at Burnside reopened
in 1988 after a 3-year closure. The Bumside facility was in its second year
of a 3-year tolling agreement to provide alumina to several firms at a guaranteed
production level and at a fixed price. Kaiser Aluminum operated a smelter
at Gramercy. During the year, major expansion work was completed to raise
the smelter capacity from 795,000 metric tons per year to 1 million metric
tons per year. Alumina from the Kaiser smelter was sold on the open market.
Laroche Chemicals also . operated a 
. smelter in Gramercy to produce alumina 
~ for the specialty and industrial alumina 
~ markets. Vista Chemicals completed 
. modernization of its Lake Charles 
~ facility, which increased capacity by 
~ 31%.16 
~ Iron and Steel._-Louisiana's only 
~ steel mill in i.~aP1ace was operated by 
~ Bayou Steel Corp. The facility was 
~ equipped with two 65-ton electric 
~ furnaces with an annual capacity of 
~ 700,000 short tons of raw steel. 
~ Uranium.—Freeport Uranium 
~ Recovery Co. operated a 700,000-pound-per-year uranium oxide ~ plant at
Uncle Sam. Much of the facility's output was purchased by the electric utility
industry. 
 ' State Mineral Officer, U.S. Bureau of Mines, Tuscaloosa, AL He has 30
years of mineral-related industry and government experience and has covered
the mineral activities in Louisiana since 1989. Assistance in the preparation
of the chapter was given by Maylene E. Hubbard, editorial assistant. 
 ' Deputy State Geologist, Louisiana Geological Survey. 
 ' Chief Geologist, Office of Mineral Resources, Louisiana Department of
Natural Resources. 
4Baton Rouge State Times. Is Louisiana Getting Its Fair Share From Lake Shell
Dredging? June 11, 1990. 
' Times-Picayune(New Orleans). Major Sulfur Find to ~ Reap Billions for Louisiana
Economy. Sept. 28, 1990. 
"State Times (Baton Rouge). Survey Shows Gains in Louisiana Personallncome.
Jan. 24, 1991. 
 ~--——. Greenpeace Seeks Deep-Well Disposal Ban. 
Mar. 9, 1990. 
 ' (Sulphur)Daily News. Texas Brine Gets Permit. Mar. 
21, 1990. 
 ' Louisiana Contractor. Relocated Highway 90 Creeps Through the Swamplands
Between Morgan City and Houma. v. 38, No, 1, Jan. 1991, pp. 62.64. 
 ' °National Association of State Land Reclamationists Newsletter.
Oct.
1990, p. 6. 
 "Louisiana Contractor. Corps of Engineers Awards $147 Million in Contracts
During 1990 for South Louisiana Flood Control. V. 38, No. 1, Jan. 1991, p.
99. 
 "Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Geological and Engineering
Division.
 "Louisiana Geological Survey. 
 ' 4State Times (Baton Rouge). Opal Mine Operator Hopesto StrikeGold forArea's
Economy. Nov. 19, 1990. 
 "Port of New Orleans Record. Public Bulk Terminal Has Flexibility,
Accessibility.
V. 48, No. 1, Summer 1990, p. 16. 
 ' 6Houston Business Journal. Feds' Antitrust Questions Stalling Buyout of
Vista Chemical. June 3, 1991. 


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