Mining, Refining & Processing

Almost every important mineral – minus coal – can be found throughout Idaho.  Eastern Idaho, prime for mineral deposits, extraction, refining and processing, has enough minerals to meet our needs for hundreds of years.   

Local eCobalt is slated to build a $186 million mining operation in Salmon, Idaho and refining operation in nearby Blackfoot.  The Salmon mine is the only environmentally-permitted primary cobalt project in the United States.  The global need for increased cobalt production, the production of rechargeable batteries, is increasing.  This site could eventually be the sole U.S. producer of cobalt.  See full article >