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July 30, 2020

Feds OK expansion at Idaho phosphate mine

  • Giant open pits are created to extract the phosphate ore that is turned into fertilizer used by farmers.
    Associated Press

    BOISE — U.S land managers have approved a final plan for expanding an open-pit phosphate mine in southeastern Idaho proposed by the J.R. Simplot Company.

    The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday approved the project that's expected to keep about 600 workers employed for another three years at Simplot's existing Smokey Canyon Mine and Don Plant processing facility in Pocatello.

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