Bear River Zeolite
Bear River Zeolite Company (“BRZ™”) started operations in 2000 as a wholly owned subsidiary of United States Antimony Corporation (“USAC” NYSE MKT “uamy”) based in Thompson Falls, Montana.
The Bear River Zeolite deposit is in Idaho, conveniently located near two railroad lines and major interstate highways. It is in the southeast corner of Idaho, approximately 7 road miles west of Preston, Idaho, 34 road miles north of Logan, Utah, 79 road miles south of Pocatello, Idaho, and 100 road miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah.
The water filtration industry has used clinoptilolite zeolite for years for swimming pool filtration and municipal water treatment. Clinoptilolite zeolite has also been used to control odors and remove toxins from the air. The mining industry uses clinoptilolite to control ammonia in blasting and to clean effluents. Environmental remediation efforts have recognized that the high cation-exchange capacity of clinoptilolite zeolite is effective for the removal of ammonium, heavy metals, light metals, sodium and radioactive isotopes from groundwater.
Medical researchers are discovering applications for clinoptilolite; such as an adjuvant in cancer therapy, blood coagulant, wound dressing, cholesterol reducer, anti-viral agent, de-toxicant, anti-oxidant and as a treatment to alleviate digestive disorders.*
Clinoptilolite zeolite has been used for years in animal feed as a flow agent and to increase the durability of pellets. Livestock research with clinoptilolite zeolite inclusion in feed has shown positive results in the colonization of beneficial micro-organisms, pH reduction and overall health benefits.*
The high cation-exchange-capacity allows it to capture ammonium, which inhibits the development of odor from ammonia in confinement systems, composting, and anaerobic digestion. When applied to the soil, nitrogen (ammonium) held in clinoptilolite zeolite is gradually released to support plant growth, to conserve nitrogen and minimize groundwater contamination.
Clinoptilolite zeolite has the ability to hold nitrogen, adsorb mycotoxins, moderate pH, absorb moisture, and
act as a carrier, giving it a broad range of applications in agriculture. Research studies show benefits for feed production, livestock health and growth, soil quality, crop production, management of waste and the environment.
Clinoptilolite zeolite has multiple uses in and around the home. Neutralize odors from pets and waste, and help control mildew and mold development in closets and basements by absorbing moisture. Outside, clinoptilolite zeolite can be added to soil conserve fertilizer and manage moisture, filter swimming pools and ponds, provide traction on sidewalks in the winter and to clean oil spills in the garage.
Bear River Zeolite
The deposit is a very thick sedimentary deposit of zeolitized volcanic ash of Tertiary age known as the Salt Lake Formation. The sedimentary interval in which the clinoptilolite zeolite occurs is more than 1000 feet thick in the area. Thick intervals of the zeolite are separated by thin limestone beds deposited in the freshwater lake where the volcanic ash accumulated. The deposit includes an 800 foot mountain. Zeolite can be sampled over a vertical extent of 800 feet and on more than 700 acres. The current pit covers more than 3 acres. Within the pit, the clinoptilolite zeolite is remarkably homogeneous.
Despite the apparent huge size of the deposit, the Company claims no reserves.