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Salt Lake County to discuss ordinance on mining

Apr 5, 2022, 3:56 PM | Updated: Jun 20, 2022, 12:44 pm

FILE: Salt Lake City County Building (Getty Images)...

FILE: Salt Lake City County Building (Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE COUNTY — The Salt Lake County Council is meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss an ordinance that would ban mining and mineral extraction in foothills and canyon overlay zones.

Ahead of the 4 p.m. meeting, Mayor Jenny Wilson released a statement, which reads in full:

I support prohibiting mining and mineral extraction in our Wasatch Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zone (FCOZ) and urge the Salt Lake County Council to support today’s amendment.

Our Wasatch Canyons are vital to County residents’ quality of life, and we must fight to protect them. Our canyons provide clean drinking water and mining impacts water quality and harms our air. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to preserve our canyons for both recreation enjoyment and the preservation of health.”

More than 1,000 public comments in favor of the amendment were submitted to Salt Lake County ahead of Tuesday’s vote, according to a release from the county.

The members of the council will vote following a public comment period which begins at 4 p.m.

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Salt Lake County to discuss ordinance on mining