SEMA Action Network Asks for Industry Assistance to Save Bonneville Salt Flats

Aug 3, 2011

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is seeking assistance from the hot rod and racing communities to help save the Bonneville Salt Flats, a site that has been instrumental to the history of the industry.

Racers have been going to the Bonneville Salt Flats, located in Utah, since 1914 to set land speed records.

“In addition to its professional racing programs, Bonneville remains at the heart of every racer’s dreams,” representatives from SAN said in a press release. “For decades, the Salt Flats have decreased in size, strength and thickness because salt has been removed by an adjoining potash mining operation.”

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been put in charge of preserving the Salt Flat, according to SAN.

However, multiple BLM studies have found that the salt is being removed but not being adequately replaced by the mining company.

Still, the Salt Flats continue to be reduced. Once measuring 96,000 acres in size, the Salt Flats now stretch across only 30,000 acres.

SAN is urging members of the industry to contact BLM Director Robert Abbey to inform him of the importance of the Salt Flats.

A coalition has been formed to help with the Save the Salts effort. (Click here for more information.)

“We are seeking an assurance from the BLM that the upcoming environmental assessment will require the mining operator to implement a permanent salt replenishment program, that will require that salt be replenished with the same or more salt than is removed from the mining operation,” representatives from SAN said in the press release. “The salt must be of the same or better quality, and the replenishment program must occur over a period of many months so the salt is dispensed throughout the BSF basin and the underground aquifer is replenished. No salt should be removed from the BSF region for commercial sale.”

For more information on how you can help, click here.