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Chippewa County says no, for now, to air quality study of frac sand


Chippewa County (WQOW) - For now, a local county will not study air quality as it relates to frac sand mining.  Many citizens have raised concerns about fine particles emitted from sand mining operations.

They're concerned those particles could lead to public health problems down the road.

Chippewa County has been a hot bed for frac sand mining.  The county considered monitoring emissions for the next three to five years.  A study would cost between $185,000 and $315,000.  The county's health department director and county administrator compiled all of the recent data from the DNR and other air quality studies to determine whether Chippewa County should do its own. Tuesday, the executive committee decided, for now, the study wasn't needed.

"We have Jean Durch, our public nurse, receiving information, heading this up for Chippewa County. We can hold her accountable for sharing information with us in regards to public health. We can hold our administrator to giving us accurate and correct information. I'm comfortable with that," says Paul Michels, the chair of the Chippewa County Executive Committee.

Chippewa County is currently in the process of doing a study on the impact of frac sand mining and groundwater. That study will last until 2017.

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