trona http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Wyoming’s little talked about pollution source: trona mines http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-s-little-talked-about-pollution-source-trona-mines <p>Wyoming’s biggest export is soda ash, which comes from trona mines in Sweetwater County. Last year, the trona industry produced 17 million tons of soda ash for which the state received nearly $90 million in various taxes and royalties. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov report, the industry has a dirty side, too.&nbsp;</p><p>IRINA ZHOROV: Wyoming is used to superlatives. The biggest coal bed, the largest mine, the most wind! Here’s another:</p><p>[VIDEO PLAYING: The silver retreats of Wyoming, USA is home to the largest reserve of trona. ]</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:33:08 +0000 Irina Zhorov 50935 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming’s little talked about pollution source: trona mines Trona industry sees reduction in federal royalty rate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/trona-industry-sees-reduction-federal-royalty-rate <p>The federal royalty rate for trona was recently reduced from 6-percent to 4%. Industry has been pushing for royalty reductions for over a decade. But Powder River Basin Resource Council’s Jill Morrison says if anything, the royalty should be increased.</p><p>“Our position has always been that minerals are a finite resource. Once they’re removed they’re gone and we have that one chance to tax those minerals and get that fair market value because that’s what’s going to help balance our budget, both at the state and national level,” says Morrison.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 01:15:19 +0000 Irina Zhorov 50773 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Trona industry sees reduction in federal royalty rate