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AIR QUALITY BOARD STUDYING CLAY-MINE PROPOSAL IN SEVIER

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The Western Clay Co. has applied for authorization to mine bentonite clay in Sevier County, and the state's Air Quality Board will accept comments relative to the proposal until Dec. 16.

The site is about seven miles northeast of Salina, and the operation would involve open-pit mining, according to Neil Mortensen, Western Clay's owner and manager.An engineering evaluation and an air quality impact analysis have been completed. Adverse air quality impacts are not expected, and the board intends to approve the project.

Comments will be evaluated, and a public hearing may be scheduled before final approval is given, however.

Send comments to the Division of Air Quality, Utah State Department of Environmental Quality, 1950 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City, 84114-4820.