WPR News
6:25 am
Wed July 4, 2007

Wyoming Soda Ash Industry Could Get Boost

Laramie, WY – China has agreed to stop subsidizing the soda ash produced in that country.

University of Wyoming economics professor Jason Shogren says that will boost Wyoming's soda ash sales.

"What it means for Wyoming is, it means a few more jobs, a little more tax revenue. Anytime you level the playing field like this, it generally means something good for the local economy," he said.

Soda ash is derived from the mineral trona. It's used to make glass, baking soda and detergents. The Green River area is thought to have largest trona reserve in the world.

Wyoming's congressional delegation celebrating the announcement, saying it will be good for the state's trona industry.