From the MPCA/DNR press release:
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) have announced the membership of a new joint advisory panel that will guide the agencies as they consider possible rulemaking for the regulation of silica sand operations in Minnesota.
Members of the committee are:
Local government representatives
Beth Proctor, Lime Township
Allen Frechette, Scott County
Keith Fossen, Hay Creek Township
Lynn Schoen, City of Wabasha
Kristi Gross, Goodhue County and Minnesota Association of County Planning and ZoningAdministrators
Kelley Stanage, resident of Houston County
Katie Himanga, resident of Lake City
Jill Bathke, resident of Hennepin County
Jim McIlrath, resident of Goodhue County
Vince Ready, resident of Winona County
Aaron Scott, Fairmount Minerals
Mike Wallenius, Unimin Corp.
Brett Skilbred, Jordan Sands and Industrial Sand Council
Tom Rowekamp, Sand Mine Operator in Winona County
Tara Wetzel, Mathy Construction and Aggregate and Ready Mix Associatio
The MPCA and MDNR decided to establish the panel to provide input as they implement legislation passed in 2013 calling for rulemaking on silica sand operations. The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board will also participate in the advisory committee process to receive advice on rules related to silica sand environmental review.
The committee will have its first meeting Jan. 29 and continue meeting monthly until new rules or rule revisions are proposed. This process is likely to take at least one year. Meetings of the committee will be public, with some held at the MPCA or MDNR offices in St. Paul and some likely in southeastern Minnesota.
For more information about the state’s rulemaking for silica sand, visit http://silicasand.mn.gov/.
We'll keep tabs on the panel's activities.
Photo: A frack sand mine in Wisconsin. Photo by Jim Tittle.
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