Governor offers support for soda ash industry

Gov. Dave Freudenthal is supporting a bill in Congress that would reduce for five years the royalties paid on soda ash development, a potential benefit to the southwest Wyoming industry.
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Gov. Dave Freudenthal is supporting a bill in Congress that would reduce for five years the royalties paid on soda ash development, a potential benefit to the southwest Wyoming industry. Freudenthal sent a letter to members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, supporting the bill. “With the soda ash industry accounting for 80% of Wyoming“s international exports, the need for some relaxation of these pressures is very apparent in our mines and throughout the communities that depend on them,” Freudenthal wrote. Any revenues lost to state and federal governments, the governor said, would likely be balanced by the increased production that would follow a reduction in royalty rates. Wyoming is the nation“s top producer of trona. The mineral is refined into soda ash, which is used in a variety of products including detergents and glass.