Minerals PROGRAM

The minerals program regulates non-coal mining operations in the state of Utah with a few exceptions, as noted in Utah Administrative Code R647.

The minerals program staff works to ensure reclamation standards can be achieved after mining has been completed. The staff oversees the many large mining operations, including the Bingham Canyon copper mine and the unique Topaz beryllium mine, and many small mine and exploration operations.

Staff verifies that mine operators follow their plans for mining and reclamation, including mining within permit boundaries and protecting public safety and the environment. The Division holds reclamation bonds to ensure the future reclamation of mine sites.

There are over 200 different minerals mined in Utah, which include the base and precious metals of copper, magnesium, gold, silver and beryllium. Utah also produces many industrial minerals, such as potash, crushed stone, salt, lime, phosphate, gilsonite and gypsum, and unconventional fuels including oil shale and oil sand. Currently there are approximately 600 permitted mineral operations statewide.

Minerals Exploration Tax Credit

In 2022 the Legislature passed SB250, which created an exploration tax credit available for certain non-coal minerals operations.

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Growth of the Mineral Mining Industry

Check out our  time lapse map that shows the growth of the mineral mining industry in Utah from 1999-2022.

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Mineral Mine Map

This map is a tool for the General Public and Mine Operators that displays current mine activity across the State of Utah. The information provided includes but is not limited to Mineral Mine Name, Permit Number, Mine Operator, and Division Lead.

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