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Bill would limit local control of frac sand mining

Sen. Tiffany: Communities 'trying to establish mini-DNRs'

5:54 PM, Oct. 20, 2013
Sand falls at a frac-sand washing plant near Oakdale in Monroe County in 2011.
Sand falls at a frac-sand washing plant near Oakdale in Monroe County in 2011.
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Two state lawmakers are sponsoring a bill to restrict the ability of local communities to regulate Wisconsin's booming frac sand industry.

The draft bill, now being circulated for cosponsors by Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, and Rep. Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan, would bar local governments from regulating some aspects of nonmetallic mining, including its impacts on air quality, water, road use and reclamation.

In an email sent to fellow lawmakers, Tiffany said local governments can discriminatorily impose restrictions, which "creates an arbitrary and uncertain regulatory climate ...

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