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Sand mining bill could also affect iron mine, factory farms

The impact of a controversial bill that would restrict local government regulation of frac sand mines might be broader than originally thought, affecting the proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin and factory farms across the state, opponents said Thursday at a Capitol hearing.

New studies measure air, water impacts of frac sand mines

Competing studies are under way to assess air pollution from Wisconsin’s frac sand industry, and the author of one said current state law isn’t protecting people well enough. A separate study, meanwhile, will examine the impact of frac sand mines on water.

Frac sand industry faces DNR violations, warnings

Nearly a fifth of Wisconsin’s 70 active frac sand mines and processing plants were cited for environmental violations last year, as the industry continued to expand at a rapid clip.

Frac sand mining and processing permits

A brief run-down of the permits required to open a frac sand mine or processing plant.

Sand mines + air quality, tonight on Wisconsin Public Television

Wisconsin Public Television’s Frederica Freyberg will talk with University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire public health professor Crispin Pierce about the results of his study on air quality at mines around the state.

Under legal pressure, Wisconsin coal-fired power plants curb emissions

Dairyland and other Wisconsin coal-fired plants have begun lowering emissions, but not necessarily in response to demands by pollution regulators. Many of the changes have resulted from pressure and lawsuits brought by the nonprofit Sierra Club, which has campaigned for a decade to cut emissions from coal combustion. But enforcement is inconsistent, and some residents living in the shadow of coal plants are concerned their health may be affected.

How a polluter gets stimulus money — and avoids environmental review

A state program helped Didion Milling win $5.6 million in stimulus funding to expand its Cambria milling and ethanol plant, which has a history of environmental violations.

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