. . . “There is grave concern regarding health issues with particulate matter,” said Frauenkronbayer. “It isn’t what you think of as sand like in a child’s sandbox. These are one-hundredth the diameter of a human hair, so you can’t see them.”
Steven Schild, a resident of Winona, brings up another major concern.
“This industry could do damage, irreparable damage, to the very nature of this very special place,” said Schild. “Once it is gone, it’s gone.”
Schild said the industry doesn’t have enough regulation.
“This is such a new, complicated and multi-faceted issue that the government and current regulations are not set up to adequately deal with the way that this industry goes across jurisdictions,” said Schild. . . .
Read the rest at the station's post. The St. Cloud Times takes a different angle in Experts warn of ultrafine particles resulting from silica sand:
When it comes to exposure to silica sand, the tiniest particles are the biggest threat to human health, two experts said Saturday during the Silica Sand Summit in Winona.
Professors from the University of Wisconsin — Eau Claire and West Virginia University said that while silica sand is helping the country become more energy independent, it’s also a threat to the health of people working with it and living near it.
Check out the rest at the Times
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Photo: An attendee at the Frac Sand Summit. via Land Stewardship Project's Facebook page.
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