Utah’s iconic Steep Mountain (aka Point of the Mountain) is currently being mined away at an alarming rate.

Mining and other gravel pits are a significant culprit in polluting local air quality. Local research and environmental organizations show Geneva Rock has knowingly distributed fugitive dust and crystalline silica into our air.


As stated by Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, “Fugitive dust is composed of harmful particulate matter and often heavy metals including uranium and arsenic. Crystalline silica present in this dust can cause chronic, irreversible lung disease and lead to lung cancer.” These substances are toxic to humans and a major cause of lung disease and other respiratory conditions, including asthma. These diseases are detrimental to all residents, and especially children, pregnant women, and the elderly.

As the mountain is mined, the aesthetics of the skyline go with it, likely decreasing property values and incentives for businesses to open their doors in the surrounding communities. Additionally, significant numbers of outdoor enthusiasts depend on Steep Mountain for recreation, including hang glider and paraglider pilots, mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners. Act now to help preserve a unique part of Utah’s history so it can be a valuable and viable part of Utah’s future.

How You Can Help

If this is an effort you support, please let your voice be heard by signing the petition and contacting local officials. This is the first step in developing a solution that can better serve both Geneva Rock and the surrounding communities.

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What’s Happening

The mountain has been mined for many years, this didn’t happen overnight. For more information on how this situation came to be, read on.

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In The News

We are trying to make cooperative waves in the media. Here are some of our stories that have made it online, in print, and on television.

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Some Facts:

  • In 1990 when the POM quarry began, the surrounding population, comprised of residents living in the cities of Draper, Bluffdale, Riverton, Alpine, Highland, and Lehi, weighed in at 37,939. In 20 years, that population has grown to 164,742 residents, an increase of 334%
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  • Common hours of operation: 20 hours/day, 6 days/week. Can operate 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
  • Entire permitted area covers 486.5 acres: Phase 1 (288 acres) is currently zoned for active mining and reclamation
  • 872 acres of land owned by Geneva Rock in Draper (15547 S 300 W): 419.5 of that is the POM quarry
  • Total mining planned to produce a capacity of 232.5 million cubic yards, that’s 6.28 BILLION CUBIC FEET
  • Geneva Rock has plans and valid permits to mine for 70+ years