Midwest Environmental Advocates frac sand mining petition

After Governor Walker approved emergency rule changes to the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act on August 27, narrowing the rights of citizens to petition their government for environmental analyses, residents impacted by frac sand mining in Western Wisconsin announced their plan to petition the Natural Resources Board for a comprehensive study of the health and environmental impacts of the industry.

The petition will ask for the NRB to direct the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to take a close look at the impacts the industry has on the health of those who live near silica sand mining operations as well as the impacts on the quality of the water, air and land.

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