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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Metals and minerals 1977
Year 1977, Volume 1 (1977)

Petkof, Benjamin
Beryllium,   pp. 183-186 PDF (360.8 KB)


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  183Beryllium 
By Benjamin PetkoP 
 Bertrandite mined in Utah was the major source of beryllium used in the
United States and was a significant part of the world beryllium mineral supply.
A minor amount of beryl was produced domestically. Consumption of beryllium
ore increased, imports declined, and exports of beryllium materials increased.
Legislation and Government Programs.—Strategic stockpile goals
issued
October 1, 1976 by the Federal Preparedness Agency of the General Services
Administration remained unchanged dur 
ing 1977. There were no releases of beryllium materials from the strategic
stockpile during the year. 
 Public hearings were held in August and 
September by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of
the U.S. 
Department of Labor on proposed beryllium occupational safety and health
standards as published in the Federal Register, October 17, 1975. Additional
written statements were accepted for the record until December 12, 1977.
Table 1.—Salient beryllium mineral statistics 
1973 
1974 
1975 
1976 
1977 
United States: 
Beryl, approximately 11% BeO: 
 Shippedfrommrnes short ton&_ 
 Imports do~ Consumption1 do_~_ Price, approximate, per unit BeO, imported
 cobbedberylatportofexportation                
Bertrandite ore: Utah, low-grade, shipoed from 
 mines short tons~ 
W 
1,586 
8,695 
$30 W 
W 
1,368 
9,279 
$30 W 
W 
1,479 
4,850 
$32 W 
W 
.1,058 
3,740 
T$36 
W 
W 
746 
4,165 
$40 W 
Worldproductionofberyl do~ 
3,963 
3,469 
F3,290 
r2,675 
2,656 
TRevised. W Withheld to avoid disclosing individual company confidential
data. 
1lncludes bertrandite ore, which was calculated as equivalent to beryl containing
11% BeO. 
DOMESTIC PRODUCTION 
 Brush Weilman, Inc. (Brush) at its Spor Mountain operation in Millard County,
Utah, was the only major domestic producer of beryllium concentrates. The
company mined bertrandite for processing into beryllium hydroxide. A small
quantity of beryl production was reported in South Dakota. 
 Brush converted its ore to beryllium hy 
droxide at a facility north of Delta, Utah, and shipped the hydroxide to
its facility at Elmore, Ohio for conversion into various beryffium products.
 During 1977 Brush closed its Elmore, Ohio beryl-processing plant and completed
construction and startup of a facifity to process imported beryl ore at its
Delta, 


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