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

Prosser, Leonard J.
Virginia,   pp. 543-552 PDF (960.6 KB)

Page 546

I I I I I I 
 1977 1980 
Figure 1.—Value of stone and total value of all nonfuel mineral
in Virginia. 
work along Contrary Creek in Louisa County in 1978 and 1979. The project,
started in 1976, was aimed at controlling high concentrations of dissolved
metals from three inactive pyrite mines. Low rainfall and the general toxicity
of the land around the mine sites hampered efforts, but 19.5 acres was reclaimed
at two sites near the town of Mineral. 
The Federal Office of Coastal Zone Management terminated support of Virginia's
Coastal Resources Management Program in 1979. By law, the Federal Government
allocates 80% of the funds for a State's coastal resources planning and management,
provided the State develops a program that meets Federal guidelines. Although
Virginia's program met the required Federal guidelines, it was not approved
by the General Assembly. Opponents within the State believed that it would
have restricted industrial development, including mineral extraction, in
coastal areas. 
In 1978 and 1979, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Development's
Division of Mineral Resources continued mineral resource evaluations, as
well as 
geologic and topographic mapping programs Geologic maps of nine quadrangles
were published Work began on a study of the geology and mineral resources
of two quadrangles in the central Piedmont Province, under an agreement with
the Piedmont Planning District Commission. 
The Federal Bureau of Mines and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in accordance
with provisions of the Wilderness Act, conduct mineral surveys of lands considered
for addition to the National Wilderness Preservation System. Results of mineral
surveys are published by the USGS in a bulletin series. A report on the mineral
resources of the Mill Creek, Mountain Lake, and Peter Mountain wilderness
study areas was released as USGS Open File Report 781076 in 1978. The report
listed iron ores and common building stone as possible prospects for mineral
development, but neither appeared commercially attractive under then-current
market conditions. 
The Forest Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture instituted the Roadless
Area Review and Evaluation (RARE II) program in 1977. The program identified

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