Some officials from the area around Kaiser Steel's proposed solid waste dump said Monday that they have no objections to the possibility of a landfill at the abandoned Eagle Mountain iron ore mine in Riverside County.
Ailing Kaiser Steel formally announced Monday that it will undertake a feasibility study of whether Eagle Mountain, located half way between the desert cities of Indio and Blythe, can be used as a regional center for the management and disposal of non-hazardous waste. The Times first reported about the study on Saturday.
Kaiser Steel said Monday that its partner in the project is San Diego-based Mine Reclamation Corp., which will also pay for the study.
"Should the project prove to be environmentally and economically feasible, we foresee new jobs for the desert community, additional revenue for Riverside County and a new business opportunity that would benefit Kaiser Steel and, in particular, Kaiser's more than 7,000 retirees," said Gerald Fawcett, director of operations and development of mining properties for the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based company, which is operating under bankruptcy law protection.