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Rock From The Road: Blog & Travelogue

Sept. 15, 2016 – Rock Products is proud of the legal experts from Husch Blackwell that contribute our Law column each month. Those same experts will conduct a series of...
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Prime-Time Products

Here are some of the key exhibitors you will find waiting for you at MINExpo 2016, Sept. 26-28, in Las Vegas.
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Manufacturers in Focus

To support the drive for growth and efficiency, Metso is consolidating its Minerals Capital (MCA) and Minerals Services (MSE) business activities in Pennsylvania to its current York office location and...
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People on the Move

Curry Supply hired Heather Wilt as director of marketing. She will be responsible for the corporate marketing strategy, advertising, management of the website and digital marketing, public relations, event management...
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Rock Stars

Neal S. Berke, Ph.D., vice president of research at Tourney Consulting Group LLC in Kalamazoo, Mich., has received the Frank E. Richart Award from ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete...
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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.