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OSHA Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule Coming Fast

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) said that that many of its standards are nearing final rule status, including the Respirable Crystalline Silica rule, but may have delayed deadlines.

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New Air-Quality Study ‘Demonstrates Gross Incompetence’

Eight students and a professor from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently published their research on air quality near frac sand sites in a peer-reviewed journal called, Environmental Health. Professor Crispin Pierce said the results show air-quality levels to be worse than those set by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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Canadian Frac Sand Mine Takes Another Step

An Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-based company that wants to establish a frac sand business just west of Marlboro will have to address concerns of local residents before it can get a development permit to proceed, according to the Edson Leader.

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Air-Quality Monitoring May Be Required in Wisconsin

According to Wisconsin Public Radio, a western Wisconsin lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require all frac sand mining operations to install air monitors that measure dust leaving the site.

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Fracking Bill Moves Forward In Florida

According to Channel 10 News, Tampa Bay, Fla., a bill that would create regulations for fracking was approved by a Florida House committee despite strong opposition from environmentalists who said the method of oil and gas drilling could contaminate drinking water and cause health problems.

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