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Trempealeau County approves frac sand mining moratorium

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Trempealeau County (WQOW) - There will be no new frac sand mines in the near future in a county that's been a hotbed of activity.

Monday night, the Trempealeau County Board approved a frac sand moratorium by a vote of 12-0.  The moratorium will last up to 12 months or until a report is presented by a health committee.  That committee will include, among others, medical professionals.  It will study potential long-term effects of mining.

The moratorium takes effect August 30th.  It only impacts new projects.  Right now, the county has 10 mines in operation with 16 permitted or in various stages of development.

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Trempealeau County (WQOW) - A red hot topic is on the table Monday night in Trempealeau County. A frac sand moratorium goes before the county board.  

Trempealeau County is one of the most active for sand mines. Right now, the county has 10 mines in operation with 16 permitted or in various stages of development. The board of health is asking the county to put on the brakes for six months to a year to study the long-term effects of mining.

At the same time, a prosecutor is also investigating allegations that a county supervisor used his office to advance his own interests in sand mining. Supervisor David Suchla has been accused of telling a county administrator to keep silent about a business relationship Suchla has with a Texas company interested in mining sand in the county.

A special prosecutor will decide whether to prosecute. Suchla says he is in the sand business, but denies any wrong-doing.

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