From the Associated Press:
A Minnesota lawmaker says a compromise has been reached on regulating frack sand mining in Minnesota.
Sen. Matt Schmit of Red Wing said Tuesday legislators have agreed to create a new Department of Natural Resources permit for companies hoping to mine silica sand in certain sensitive areas in southeastern Minnesota. Schmit says the regulations will be part of the spending bill that covers natural resources, the environment and agriculture.
Schmit and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr had been pushing to prohibit sand mining within one mile of a trout stream or spring in southeastern Minnesota.
Schmit tells Minnesota Public Radio News the compromise would instead require a hydrological study and DNR permit for any mine within a mile of a trout stream but not springs.
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