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The problem of expired, general stormwater permits and frac sand mining

Dec 11, 2014

The outdated permit system isn't working and is a part of the problem when frac sand mining pollutes our water.

Frac Sand Mine Now Must Monitor Dust, Air Quality

Dec 05, 2014

Citizen challenge to pollution permit achieves progress in protecting air quality.

Communities at Risk: New report looks at national scope of frac sand mining

Oct 07, 2014

While other states such as Minnesota and California have passed laws that protect residents from silica dust, Wisconsin's air quality protections have remained stagnant.

It’s time for a serious petition about the true cost of frac sand mining in Wisconsin

Sep 10, 2014

Citizens impacted by frac sand mining announce a new petition to the Natural Resources Board. Rules signed by Governor Walker could erase citizen petition rights.

Appeals Court Limits Citizen Challenge to Preferred Sands Frac Sand Mine Permit

Sep 09, 2014

At issue is whether or not citizens could challenge the DNR’s decision not to require emission testing, record keeping and reporting on fugitive dust control, or monitoring air quality.

Webinar: Environmental Concerns with Frac Sand Mining

Apr 15, 2014

Why silica sand mining (used in hydrofracturing for gas and oil) is creating a threat to the health of Wisconsin families and what citizens are doing to control this industrial mining activity.

Tremplealeau County Citizens Challenging DNR Frac Sand Mining Air Pollution Permit Approval

Apr 08, 2014

Contested case hearing will challenge permit that may allow air emissions that violate public health and air quality standards

Fast Facts on Frac Sand Mining: Silica Dust, Air Quality and Our Health

Apr 07, 2014

Dust created during the mining, processing and transportation of silica (frac) sand is linked to silicosis and cancer. Other states are implementing better standards to protect air quality.

Frac Sand Bill Puts Interests of Industry First: SB 632 compromises citizen rights and local control

Mar 03, 2014

Without meaningful citizen input, SB 632 will have too many consequences for local governments to meet the unique, complex needs of communities dealing with negative impacts of frac sand mining.

Encouraging the Lower Wisconsin Riverway Board to reject frac sand mining in the region

Aug 21, 2013

This open letter to the Lower Wisconsin Riverway Board encourages board members to reject a frac sand mine application near the protected scenic riverway.