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

Boyle, James R.; Joiner, Thomas J.
Alabama,   pp. 33-41 ff. PDF (997.6 KB)


Page 36

600 
C/) 
400 
=~ 200 
0 
1977 
Figure 1.—Value of cement and total value of nonfuel mineral production
in Alabama. 
36 MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1978-79 
 Legislation and Government Programs..—.The Corps of Engineers
issued
a permit to the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) for expansion of a waste
disposal area on Blakeley Island. The wastes are from Alcoa's alumina plant
in Mobile, where alumina is produced from imported bauxite. The company will
accept 10 million cubic yards of dredged material from Mobile Bay for top
dressing on the disposal areas to convert them to wildlife management areas.
Upon completion, these wildlife areas will be managed jointly by the State,
the Mobile County Wildlife Federation, and the Mobile Bay Audubon Society.
 The Federal Bureau of Mines contracted with Jim Walter Resources, Inc.,
Tuscaloosa County, in 1979 to conduct a methane control demonstration project.
The objective of the project is to drain methane gas from a part of the Mary
Lee coal seam by drilling long horizontal holes in advance of mining. This
activity is part of the Bureau's continuing research work in the health and
safety 
area. 
 Due to increased enrollment, a separate Department of Mineral Engineering
has been established in the College of Engineering at the University of Alabama.
Under this reorganization, the former Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering
has been separated into two units. 
 In 1978, the University of Alabama was designated by the Secretary of the
Interior as a State Mining and Mineral Resources and Research Institute pursuant
to Title III of Public Law 95-87. The institute established training programs
and provided scholarships and fellowships in mining and minerals extraction.
 The Mineral Resources Institute of the University of Alabama conducted research
for industry and various governmental units on upgrading clays, iron ore
availability, and solid waste utilization. 
 The Alabama Development Office (ADO), through its State Planning Division,
was active in several areas related to the miner- 


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