Trempealeau County's year-long moratorium on silica sand mining is
set to expire at the end of this month.
The Winona Daily
News reports (http://bit.ly/1tlRZnV
) the county board voted 8-7 against extending the moratorium at a
packed meeting this week.
request came from a county health committee.
moratorium, a study committee was formed to examine whether sand
mining negatively affects the public health and safety. Cheryl
Rhoda, the county's director of public health, says the
committee's report should be finalized soon and presented to the
county board in mid-September.
County has boomed with silica sand mining applications in recent
years, and at points has contained up to a quarter of Wisconsin's
approved sand operations.
drilling industry uses Upper Midwest silica sand for hydraulic