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Feb. 24, 2020 – ConExpo-Con/Agg show organizers issued a statement regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus. "Our top priority is the health and safety of all participants at the show. We are closely monitoring...

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McLanahan will be showcasing the UltraWASH at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 in Las Vegas on March 10-14. Watch this video to see the modular wash plant be developed for the show and...

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Polydeck’s Metaldex VR is a modular, self-cleaning wire screen solution designed for efficient performance in small aperture applications – such as dry, fine-sizing – where you need more open area...
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Manufacturers in Focus

MAXAM Tire announced the creation of the MAXAM Mining Group (MMG), a dedicated global team specifically focused on the Open Pit Mining segment. The MMG has built a team of...
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The Strategist

2020 is here, and now we are starting to read some of the statistics that are emerging as the various agencies of the federal government release accumulated data from all...

People on the Move

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced the selection of Jennifer Dugas to be its vice president, meetings and events. Dugas brings more than two decades of experience...
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The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced Louis Griesemer, former president and board member of Springfield Underground, will receive the 2020 Barry K. Wendt Commitment Award during NSSGA’s...
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Wisconsin Town Votes for Permit Moratorium


The Trempealeau County, Wis., Board in Whitehall voted 12-0 to not consider any new silica-sand removal permits for a year, according to the Pierce County
Herald.

Existing sites will not be allowed to expand, either, while county officials study the impact of frac-sand mining on people’s health. County environmental director Kevin Lien says the public has questions that local officials cannot answer. The moratorium’s author, Supervisor Sally Miller, says it will slow things down and quote, “give us a chance to catch our breath.”

Trempealeau County has 10 frac-sand mines operating, and 16 other sites are in various stages of development after getting permits. Those sites cover more than 4,700 acres. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says Trempealeau County has issued more frac-sand mining permits in the last 36 months than any other county in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. Wisconsin alone has over 100 facilities.

Supervisor Miller recently complained that fellow County Board member David Suchla broke ethics laws by engaging in his own proposed frac-sand operation with a Texas firm. Suchla admits being in the frac-sand business but said he has not violated anything. A prosecutor in nearby La Crosse is investigating.