US West Coast port bottlenecks delay shipments of perlite and diatomite for EP Minerals

By James Sean Dickson
Published: Friday, 30 January 2015

Protracted industrial action by the ILWU is forcing EP Minerals to stockpile its perlite and diatomite output, an ill-timed logistics bottleneck for the company, which has reported that it is receiving record demand for its products.

Nevada, US-based EP Minerals LLC is being forced to stockpile around 109 tonnes/day diatomaceous earth (diatomite) and perlite due to congestion and industrial action campaigns in West Coast ports.

Diatomite is mainly used as a filler and filter mineral, while perlite is mostly consumed in the filling and horticulture industries....

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