Gypsum mine drawing heat in St. George

- ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - More than 100 residents are opposing a proposed gypsum mine on the outskirts of St. George.

The Spectrum of St. George reports the proposal is on its way to the Washington County Commission for final zoning approval after receiving a nod from the county planning commission.

Company representatives say the Good Earth Minerals mine would bring dozens of jobs to the area and up to 100 if a processing facility is added.

Residents told county officials Tuesday they don't want the noise, traffic or pollution of a mine five miles west of the SunRiver subdivision on 11 acres of public land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

SunRiver has about 3,200 residents.

Gypsum is most commonly used in construction for fire-resistant drywall.


Information from: The Spectrum

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