Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Area reports: domestic 1978-79
Year 1978-79, Volume 2 (1978-1979)
Burgin, Lorraine B.
Utah, pp. 519-534 PDF (1.9 MB)
520 MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1978-79 ceive protective wilderness designation. The BLM completed the first phase of their review in Utah in 1978 by designating 11 natural and primitive areas as "instant study areas." The 11 areas to be reviewed for possible wilderness status were (1) Book Cliffs Natural Area about 30 miles north of Moab, (2) Link Flat Natural Area south of 1-70 and west of Green River, (3) Park Canyon Primitive Area south of Canyonlands National Park, (4) Grand Gulch Primitive Area southeast of Natural Bridges National Monument, (5) Phipps Death Hollow Natural Area in the Escalante River Basin, (6) The Gulch Natural Area also in the Escalante Basin, (7) North Escalante Canyon Natural Area, (8) Escalante Canyon Natural Area, (9) Devil's Garden Natural Area just south of Escalante, (10) Paria Canyon Primitive Area between Kanab and Glen Canyon on the Arizona border, and (11) Joshua Tree Natural Area in southwestern Utah. The BLM Utah: Final, Initial Wilderness Inventory report and map was published in August 1979. BLM is expected to make its recommendations by July 1980. The agency still has a number of years in which to complete submission of reports and recommendations on the balance of its roadless areas, totaling 11 to 12 million acres, including the 11 natural and primitive areas. Further concern over the restriction in the use of Government land developed when western Utah and eastern Nevada were proposed as sites for the MX missile system. Mining industry leaders questioned the location of such a project near areas where mining operations might be interrupted or curtailed. In September of 1978, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a hearing to discuss new standards for sulfur dioxide emissions at the new Noranda process smelter of the Utah Copper Div. of Kennecott Copper Corp. The EPA limitation on sulfur dioxide emissions from the new smelter had been 6,900 pounds per hour, but in August, the agency promulgated regulations that would lower the allowable emissions to 3,700 pounds per hour. The company received general support from the public, and the Utah Air Conservation Commission Committee took the position that EPA should not impose new regulations until emissions had been thoroughly monitored and emission limitations established on a scientifically sound basis. In 1979, Kennecott Minerals Co. contended its operations were in compliance with ambient air quality standards for sulfur dioxide, achieved by constant engineering controls at processing plants and by curtailment of smelting operations to reduce emissions under certain weather conditions. Some governmental agencies specified that ambient air standards must be met by engineering controls only. The company sought relief through administrative and judicial review processes. United States Steel Corp. and EPA attempted to negotiate an agreement in principle on emission controls at the firm's Geneva Works. The company maintained that the more than $100 million pollution control program requested by EPA would be too costly. By yearend, agreement between the two entities had not been achieved. The Bureau of Mines, in fiscal years 1978 and 1979, granted several research contracts to various universities and private institutions in the State. Studies were related to haul-road dust emissions, probabilistic modeling of tailings designs, noise control of underground load-haul-dump machines, analysis and restoration of ground water quality after in situ uranium leaching, and roof bolt behavior. In 1978-79, the U.S. Department of Energy funded the University of Utah for an investigation of the energy requirements of new smelting and refining processes in copper production. In 1978, the University of Utah was designated, by the Secretary of the Interior, as one of 31 universities where a State Mining and Mineral Resources and Research Institute would be established, pursuant to Title III of Public Law 95-87. The institute will establish training programs in mining and minerals extraction and provide scholarships and fellowships. It will receive annual allotments of $110,000 through 1984, plus $160,000 for scholarships and fellowships for a 3-year period. The University of Utah signed an agreement to purchase the U.S. Bureau of Mines five-building, 13-acre complex on its campus. The facilities will provide research space for the College of Mines and Minerals Industries and College of Engineering. Transfer of the property, to be purchased for $978,000, will be completed when the new $10 million Bureau of Mines building is completed adjacent to the University of Utah Research Park.
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