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Drought Boosts Sales for Utah Salt

Drought Boosts Sales for Utah Salt

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- There's finally some good news to come from six years of drought -- It's boosted sales for Utah salt.

Companies like Morton and Great Salt Lake Minerals that extract salt and other minerals from the Great Salt Lake are seeing their highest production levels in more than a decade.

Since the start of the drought in 1998, the production of salt in Utah has increased nearly 89-percent.

A Salt Institute spokeswoman said, last year Utah salt sales reached an estimated 135 (M)million dollars.

Utah is the fifth-largest salt-producing state behind Louisiana, Texas, New York and Kansas, and it accounts for about 10-percent of production nationwide.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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