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Oct. 19, 2017 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) recently told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Fish and Wildlife Service that unreasonable delays in the...

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EvoQuip launched a new addition to its impact crushing range: the Cobra 230 impact crusher. Matt Dickson, EvoQuip product line director, said, “The Cobra 230 Impact Crusher is a machine...
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Boart Longyear announced the availability of My Drill Store, a new website for ordering drilling tools and parts online. Providing an intuitive online shopping experience, customers can now easily place...
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The Rogers Group Inc. (RGI) board of directors elected Richard R. Graves to the board. Graves is president and chief executive officer of Saulsbury Industries, which was established in 1967...
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George Sidney of McLanahan Corp., was honored with the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association's (NSSGA) Grasstops CEO of the Year award.
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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.