MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man hopes to mine sulfur-enriched clay mineral left after Mount Mazama erupted almost 8,000 years ago for use as a potential beauty product or health aid.
Ray Huckaba of Grants Pass has filed plans with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest to excavate and test a thick deposit of a mineral from a mine near the town of Prospect.
The five-month operating season would be from June 1 to Nov. 1 and last up to five years. Dump trucks would take the material to White City, where it would be placed in a semitrailer and taken to a processing plant.
The Mail Tribune newspaper reports (http://is.gd/lTJ1QJ ) that a 30-day public comment period on the proposed operating plan ends Saturday.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/