Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Area reports: domestic 1978-79
Year 1978-79, Volume 2 (1978-1979)
Hill, James J.; Prosser, L. J., Jr.
Illinois, pp. 177-187 ff. PDF (1.1 MB)
600 400 200 — *....' STONE 0 I 1977 1980 1985 Figure 1.—Value of stone and total value of nonfuel mineral production in Illinois. 180 MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1978-79 C,) -J 0 0 z 0 -J -J HB-2912—Amended the Surface-Mined Land Conservation and Reclamation Act of 1971 to allow the State to participate in enforcing the interim regulations of the Federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. HB-157—Required a study of underground mining practices, subsidence problems, and available technology for —combating subsidence and required that a report be submitted to the legislature with recommendations for the protection of Illinois homeowners. HB-158—Provided subsidence insurance to Illinois residents against the effects of underground coal, clay, limestone, and fluorspar mines. HB-0518—Amended the Surface-Mined Land Conservation and Reclamation Act to extend the life of the Aggregates Mining Problems Study Commission until 1983. HB-1382—Provided funding for the State's Mine Subsidence Insurance Fund. Also during - the 1978-79 period, other laws were enacted to bring the State into compliance with the Federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. In late 1978, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale was designated as a State Mining and Mineral Resources and Research Institute by the Secretary of the Interior. Southern Illinois was one of 31 schools and universities in the United States that was planning to establish training programs in mining and minerals extraction. Annual allotments were provided to the University through fiscal year 1984 under the auspices of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. Initially, the Institute received a basic grant of $110,000 and $160,000 for scholarships and fellowships. In 1978 and 1979, the Illinois Geological Survey continued research programs in basic geology, geochemistry, mineral resources, mineral economics, and the environment. Clays and shales were investigated to determine their occurrence, composition, and ceramic properties. High-purity
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