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Associated Press, Published June 04 2013

Winona County to vote on first frack sand mine

WINONA, Minn. — Winona County commissioners are set to vote on the first frack sand mine in the county.

The initial application for the 20-acre mine in Saratoga Township was denied after the county imposed a moratorium on frack sand mining in 2012. A second application was submitted after the moratorium expired.

County commissioners voted in April to pass on an intensive environmental review sought by some residents. The Winona Daily News (http://bit.ly/1331Kbt ) says that vote came after the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Health called for the project to be added to a more sweeping environmental review of several mines in both Winona and Fillmore counties.

The commissioners' vote on the project is expected Tuesday.

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Information from: Winona Daily News, http://www.winonadailynews.com

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