The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ruled Friday that CD Corporation of Winona is required to prepare an Environmental Assessment Worksheet before any Conditional Use Permit can be issued.
Dan Nisbit, with CD Corp, had requested a CUP from the City of Winona to remove the daily average limit of barges with frack sand but the total number of barges per month, 48, would remain the same. Nisbit said it would allow flexibility from month to month in order to accommodate for river conditions.
Steve Schild, on behalf of Citizens Against Silica Mining, helped organize a petition sent to the MPCA asking CD Corp be required to complete an EAW.
However, the MPCA made it's decision on it's own, citing state statute regulating silica sand. The MPCA will begin the EAW process shortly and have sent copies of the decision to Nisbit and to the city of Winona.