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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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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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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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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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