Thursday, April 5, 2012

Uintah County residents turn out to oppose phosphate mine

Utah Phosphate Co. officials held an open house Tuesday that drew more than 200 Uintah County residents, and it didn't take long for the fireworks to begin.

Utah Phosphate, a subsidiary of the Canadian firm Agrium Inc., isn't looking to build a toxic waste dump in the county. Company officials say they just want to study whether it's feasible to develop two mining leases on property owned by the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration near the base of Taylor Mountain northwest of Vernal. Deseret News