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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook 1990
Year 1990, Volume 2 (1990)

West, Wanda J.
Indiana,   pp. [186]-197 PDF (1.9 MB)

Page 188

188  INDIANA—19cconstruction totaled $2,377 million, a 59% increase
over that of 1989. Work on several of the major highway resurfacing or rehabilitation
projects that began in 1989 continued into 1990. The value of State road
contracts awarded in 1990 declined, however, to $633 million, about one-fifth
less than the value of 1989 awards.3 
Indiana's civilian labor force totaled 2.83 million in 1990, a decline of
48,000 persons from the number employed in 1989, according to the Employment
Security Division, Indiana Department of Employment and Training Services.
For the first time in 8 years, there was an increase in the State's overall
unemployment rate. The 5.3 % rate reported was almost 13 % higher than the
1989 level and equal to that of 1988. However, continued strong demand for
minerals increased employment at mining and quarrying operations to 8,100
persons, 3 % more than in 1989. Employment at steel mills (38,600 persons)
also remained consistent during 1990, with an increase of slightly less than
1 % reported. Average hourly earnings climbed from $14.58 to $15.50 at mines
and quarries and from $ 16.20 to $16.88 at steel mills. Average hours 
~ worked each week at mines and quarries 
~ increased from 45.7 to 47.3, the highest 
~ average weekly hours among the Indiana goods- and service-producing industries.
~ The average number of hours worked ~ each week at steel mills remained
at 43.4. 
Amendments to the Federal Clean Air Act, enacted on November 15, 1990, as
Public Law 101-549, were of considerable concern to two of Indiana's main
mineral producing-processing industries. Coal producers were concerned about
the law's tougher standards aimed at reducing acid rain caused by coal-fired
powerplants and its provision that required sulfur-dioxide emissions to be
cut 50 % by 1995 and 65 % at the turn of the century. United 
Mine Workers of America officials feared that 20 % of the State's approximately
4,000 union miners could lose their jobs if utilities switch to low-sulfur
Western coal instead of retrofitting plants with pollution-control equipment
to comply with the new standards. Retrofitting of plants would allow them
to continue using Indiana coal, most of which has a high sulfur content.
Steel companies operating integrated mills expected to make massive expenditures
for cutting coke oven emissions in the coming years to comply with the law's
curb on toxic air pollutants. Studies of methods to alleviate pollution related
to coke ovens were initiated. The State's approximately 150 foundries also
could be affected by the limitations. 
A number of legal or administrative 
~ actions were filed against Indiana steel 
~ producers by, or on behalf of, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) for alleged
violations of various Federal and State environmental laws. Litigation continued
on some lawsuits filed in previous years. In one of the largest settlements
ever of an environmental lawsuit, USX Corp. agreed in late July to pay an
estimated $34. 1 million in penalties and cleanup costs for dumping wastewater
from its Gary steel mill into the Grand Calumet River. The out-ofcourt settlement
resolved a 1988 lawsuit filed by the EPA alleging that USX illegally bypassed
its blast furnace wastewater treatment system and dumped polluted water from
the Gary mill directly into the Grand Calumet River and Lake Michigan on
several occasions. About $25 million of the settlement costs were to be used
to clean up operations at the Gary mill, $2.5 million to study contamination
of a 12-mile stretch of the Grand Calumet River, $5 million to clean up contamination
of the river, and the remaining $ 1 .6 million represented a civil penalty.
The settlement was a consent decree, under which the company made no admission
to any of the violations. EPA expected USX to complete the improvements in
2 years, with the 
company complying with more than 100 requirements and meeting 70 deadlines.4
The Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Division of Reclamation, which
handles permits for coal exploration and mining, received 3 1 notices of
intent to conduct exploration core drilling operations. Exploration for industrial
limestone continued during 1990, and the Indiana Geological Survey (IGS)
further delineated the high-purity reefal limestone deposit discovered by
the Survey near Kokomo. 
Mineral-related legislation enacted in 1990 pertained mainly to coal. Senate
bill 52 declared that control of pollution from test holes relating to coal
exploration was the responsibility of the Division of Surface Mine Reclamation.
Regulations covering applications for selfbonds and the posting of bonds
for surface coal mine reclamation were included in the measure. It also established
permit requirements and a permit fee of $ 100 for noncoal test holes drilled
to a depth of 200 feet or more. 
Provisions of House Enrolled Act 1269 required an insurer that proposed to
issue or renew a property insurance policy covering a building in 1 of 14
particular Indiana coal-producing counties to inform the policyholder or
perspective policyholder of the availability of mine subsidence coverage
and the amount of the premium of that coverage. 
Other legislation passed by the Indiana General Assembly included measures
related to establishing solid waste management districts and providing technical
assistance to small businesses for solving environmental problems. 
An executive order was signed by the Governor on May 30, creating the Indiana
Coal Forum. Objectives of the forum were to recommend long and short range
goals and strategies for encouraging responsible development of Indiana'
s coal 

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