Winona is set to become the first city in Minnesota to have the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency monitor air quality for silica and diesel particulates.
Frank Kohlasch with the MPCA answered questions Monday at the City Planning Commission meeting. Kohlasch says the difference between the three other larger silica sand operations that are being tested, Winona's truck routes are much closer to people.
Kohlasch says the MPCA is currently monitoring a truck route in Minneapolis due to the volume of trafific, but he says the pair of air monitors that will be placed on the YMCA roof to monitor silica sand and diesel emissions will a first for the agency.
The goal is to set up the monitors sometime in December or by the 1st of January at the latest. The estimated cost is $60,000 and the MPCA will pay for the project.