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New Frac Sand Plant Opens in Texas

Permian Frac Sand has opened a location three miles east of Voca, Texas, on State Highway 71. Operations at the new state-of-the-art facility have just begun, according to the Midland Reporter Telegram.

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Fire at Frac Sand Mine Leads to Lawsuit

Contamination from an underground fire last year at a northeast Iowa sand mine on the Mississippi River allegedly cost a neighboring company more than $500,000.

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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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