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Silica sand mining Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

2013 legislation on silica sand. A law passed in 2013 imposed new requirements for silica sand mining, processing and transportation operations in Minnesota. The law directed state agencies to provide local units of government with technical assistance on regulation and permitting. In addition, the law set new thresholds for environmental

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DNR and Silica Sand Minnesota DNR

An unknown number of silica sand mines produce silica sand for construction and agricultural uses. Silica sand mines producing frac sand may or may not process the sand on-site. Off-site processing plants that receive silica sand from various mining operations in Minnesota and Wisconsin are also found in Minnesota.

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Home Standard Minnesota SandsMinnesota Sands

Minnesota Sands’ owner-investors have leases to land with over 360 million estimated tons of high quality, monocrystalline silica sand that meets the American Petroleum Institute (API) specifications for use as a proppant in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells. This deposit is even more rare and valuable because of the small size of the silica grains.

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Mining and mineral resources of Minnesota Minnesota DNR

Industrial minerals include construction aggregate (sand, gravel and crushed stone), peat, kaolin clay, dimension stone, landscape stone, and silica sand. Aggregate mining operations occur in nearly every county in Minnesota. Aggregate materials are the essential elements of a variety of construction products, such as concrete. Bedrock quarries

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Silica Sand Mining and Health EH: Minnesota Department

A few years ago, concern mounted surrounding silica sand mining activities and the potential release of large amounts of crystalline silica into the air. In response, MDH developed a health-based guidance value for crystalline silica in the air and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency began conducting air monitoring for crystalline silica near silica sand facilities.

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Silica (Frac) Sand Mining Minnesota Issues Resources

Silica (Frac) Sand Mining. This guide is compiled by staff at the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library on a topic of interest to state legislators. It introduces the topic and points to sources for further research. It is not intended to be exhaustive. Legislative History • Books and Reports • Articles • Internet Resources • Additional Resources. Silica sand (also commonly referred

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Mining in Minnesota Minnesota DNR

There are sand and gravel mining operations in nearly every county in Minnesota. You may not think of sand and gravel as a valuable resource, but without it concrete could not be made. Highways, roads, bridges and many buildings are made of concrete. Sand is also used along with salt to melt ice on roads and to provide better traction in the snow.

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Frac Sand Mining Minnesota Public Radio News

Frac Sand Mining May 2013. Frac sand mining has become a divisive topic in the past few years. Advocates say the industry will bring stone and economic development to the region. But critics, including environmentalists and public health experts, are concerned about how it might affect the environment and human health. Several Minnesota communities have passed moratoriums on mining so they can

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Transportation and silica (frac) sand mining in Minnesota

MnDOT is monitoring developments in the silica sand mining industry to allow the agency and partner governments to assess impacts on safety, mobility and road conditions from increased commercial traffic in Minnesota. The transport of silica sand may involve several modes. Where facilities are not co-located, trucks transport sand from mines to processing plants and intermodal shipping

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Silica Sand Rulemaking Reclamation Minnesota DNR

In addition to the DNR, MPCA and EQB are involved in implementing the 2013 legislation regarding silica sand mining, processing and transportation in Minnesota. All three state agencies are coordinating their silica sand rulemaking efforts.

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Background Transportation and silica (frac) sand mining

Minnesota interests have also become active, with several existing silica sand operations expanding activity, and significant deposits being made available for new mining. Growth Over two years, Wisconsin has gone from 15 mines and processing plants to a potential of almost 110 permitted mines and 35 processing plants.

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Assessing the Silica (Frac) Sand Mining Environmental

environmental regulation of silica sand mining. Therefore, in order to assess the efficacy of the silica sand mining environmental oversight frameworks in Minnesota and Wisconsin, it is important to first understand how silica sand mining and its associated risks

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Supreme Court upholds Winona County's silica sand

The southeastern Minnesota county imposed the ban out of concerns about the environmental and health impacts of silica mining and processing.. Parts of southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin contain rich deposits of high-quality silica sand of the ideal size, hardness and purity for

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The Future of Silica Sand Mining in Minnesota YouTube

24/07/2013· Senator Matt Schmit, DFL-Red Wing, sponsored legislation during the 2013 legislative session that would have imposed a state moratorium on future silica sand mining in Minnesota. In the end, local

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Minnesota Town Caught in 'Frac Sand' Mining Rush

Minnesota Town Caught in 'Frac Sand' Mining Rush Wants Answers on Pollution . Residents of Winona, Minn., a frac sand transportation hub, say data from the

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INDUSTRIAL SILICA SAND MINING IN MINNESOTA

What is the history of Silica Sand mining in MN and WI Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 2012 4 Mining of silica sand has occurred for 100+ years Some of the sand caves in Minneapolis and St. Paul are mines Initially mined for making beer bottles for breweries/foundry sand Mines and caves also for storage Unimin in LeSueur County has

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Silica Sands of Minnesota Minnesota Department of

Silica Sands of Minnesota WHAT IS SILICA SAND (FRAC SAND)? Silica sand consists of well-rounded, sand composed of almost pure quartz grains. Quartz, or silicon dioxide (SiO2), is the most common mineral found on the Earth’s surface and is found in rocks like granite, gneiss, and sandstone. The value of silica sand can be significantly higher than sand and gravel used in the con-struction

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Minn. Supreme Court upholds Winona County’s silica sand

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Winona County’s ban on the mining and processing of silica sand, which is used in the oil and gas industry for hydraulic fracturing.

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Supreme Court upholds Winona County's silica sand

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Winona County's ban on the mining and processing of silica sand, which is used in the oil and gas industry for hydraulic fracturing.

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Q&A: Understanding frac sand with Minnesota's chief

Q&A: Understanding frac sand with Minnesota's chief geologist Tony Runkel of the Minnesota Geological Survey discusses sand deposits and mining operations in the state. Local communities currently determine the fate of mining applications, but some state lawmakers would like a more uniform statewide standard to sand mining, which has grown significantly since 2010. 5 things to know about

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