- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

JORDAN VALLEY, Ore. (AP) - A company proposes to reopen an Eastern Oregon mine to extract zeolite, a mineral used in cleaning up radiation and oil spills.

The Ontario Argus Observer reports (https://bit.ly/1tyjJIH ) the mine is about 35 miles west of Jordan Valley in southeastern Oregon.

Anaconda Mining Co. mined the land years ago. An estimated 50 million tons of zeolite are in the 580-acre site.

Bob Robertson of Medford, managing partner of Owyhee Mining Co., said plans have been in the works for five years to reopen it. He says it might employ 25 to 50 people. No target date has been set.

He says the company is working on the application process, and is working on one to extract other minerals from the layer above the zeolite.

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Information from: Argus Observer, https://www.argusobserver.com


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