Gypsum mine OK'd in St. George

- ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - A proposed gypsum mine has been approved in a corner of St. George over the objection of hundreds of residents who say it will spoil open land around a retirement community.

The Spectrum of St. George reports that Washington County commissioners voted Tuesday to grant a zoning permit subject to conditions on limiting dust, noise and truck traffic.

The gypsum deposit is five miles west of the SunRiver community on 11 acres of public land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The subdivision near the Virgin River has about 3,200 residents.

The company, Good Earth Minerals, says it will operate only during daytime and will shut down if local winds top 30 mph.

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


Information from: The Spectrum

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