In the early 1900s, phosphate was discovered in Idaho. Eastern Idaho is home to one of the largest reserves of phosphate in the United States, and as demand for fertilizer grows, there is increasing need to mine in Idahos phosphate patch. Historic mining practices have molded how Idaho has been settled and subsequently shaped the landscape.
Agrium ships their ore via haul truck to a railhead in Wooley Valley and then by rail car to their wet acid fertilizer plant located 5 miles northeast of Soda Springs, Idaho. FMC ships their ore directly from the mine by railcar to their elemental phosphorus plant just west of Pocatello, Idaho.
2016, phosphate mining directly contributed an estimated 1,136 industry jobs and $344.9 million to the gross state product.1 Mining royalties and taxes continues to provide millions in revenue to the State of Idaho, which funds education and other local programs.2 The presence of phosphate ore in Idaho was
c. Section 39 118A, Idaho Code, and applicable rules for ore processing by cyanidation as promulgated and administered by the DEQ as defined in IDAPA 58.01.13, Rules for Ore Processing by Cyanidation. T d. Section 39 175, Idaho Code, and applicable rules for the discharge of pollutants to waters of the
Over a billion ounces of silver and substantial lead and zinc have been produced in the Coeur d39;Alene since 1884, and two deep underground mines are still producing. In southeastern Idaho, near Soda Springs, large open pit mines extract phosphate ore and process it to fertilizer or elemental phosphorus. Thompson Creek molybdemum mine
c. Section 39 118A, Idaho Code, and applicable rules for ore processing by cyanidation as promulgated and administered by the DEQ as defined in IDAPA 58.01.13, Rules for Ore Processing by Cyanidation. d. Idaho Stream Channel Protection Act, Title 42, Chapter 38, Idaho Code, and applicable rules as