October 7, 1942

WPB Says Manpower Needed Elsewhere
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The War Production Board (WPB) yesterday issued order L-208, which bans all non-essential gold mining in the United States. The intent of the order is to free labor and equipment from those mining operations that can be shifted to war-related mining, such as copper and other non-ferrous metals. In addition to ceasing production at gold mines, the order prohibits owners from taking any action to”…acquire, consume, or use any material, facility, or equipment to break any new ore or to proceed with any development[al] work on any new operations in or about such mines.” The WPB order does not apply to mines that produced less than twelve hundred tons of commercial ore in 1941 as long as the output remains at or below that level.

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