Congressman Chris Stewart

Representing the 2nd District of Utah
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Stewart Supports Potash Mining in Millard County

Aug 27, 2019
Press Release

Salt Lake City, UT. – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) joins Deputy Secretary of Interior, Joe Balash, for the signing of the Sevier Playa Project at BLM event. Crystal Peaks Minerals’ potash mine, to be located in central Millard County, will benefit not only Millard County, but also Beaver, Juab, and Sevier counties.

This project will maintain 175 full-time employees. During the construction phase, up to 100 additional temporary jobs will be made available. This has about the same economic impact as 15,000 jobs in Salt Lake County.

“The Sevier Playa Project is great news for Utah. It will have a huge impact on the local economy by creating good, family-supporting jobs. It’s also exciting to see more potash being produced domestically, especially in Millard County.  I am pleased to have Crystal Peaks Minerals operating in my district and am proud to be a part of today’s event.” - Rep. Chris Stewart 

More about the Sevier Playa Project:

The project is a potash mine proposed on 124,223 acres of Federal and State mineral leases.

Potash is listed by the Department of Interior as a “critical mineral.” Potash, and 34 other critical minerals, are essential to the economic and national security of the United States, have a supply chain vulnerable to disruption, and serve an essential function in the manufacturing of a product. The absence of which would have significant consequences for the economy or national security. Currently, we import approximately 93 percent of the potash used in the U.S. This project will bolster national security by producing more potash domestically.

The Crystal Peaks Minerals mine will be located in central Millard County in southwestern Utah. The Sevier Playa is a large terminal playa that is normally dry on the surface and contains subsurface potassium-bearing saline brines. The playa is approximately 26 miles long and averages 8 miles wide.