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American Soda in Parachute allowed to bring in more workers

Garfield County is allowing American Soda to nearly double the number of people working at its Parachute plant.

County commissioners on Monday gave the company permission to have as many as 384 people working at the plant for 90 days, nearly twice the 200-employee cap set in its special-use permit.

Nearly 200 workers are now retrofitting the old Unocal plant to accommodate American Soda’s plans to operate a soda ash processing and shipping plant.

American Soda will complete a study to determine the fiscal impacts of the increase in the number of people working in and near the small town of parachute.

American Soda plans to mine nahcolite by injecting high-pressure, high-temperature water into wells in the Piceance Basin in Rio Blanco County.

The brine will be unearthed and partially processed at a new Rio Blanco County plant, then transported to Parachute by insulated pipe, processed into soda ash and baking soda intended for world markets.