The commissioners voted 5 to 3 to NOT require a full Environmental Impact Study for
the proposed 19 acre David and Sherry Nisbit frac sand mine
The commission heard from 13 people on whether a full E-I-S is needed for the Nisbit project or whether the finished, less in-depth, Environmental Assessment Worksheet would stand as is.
Retired physician Frank Bures was one of 10 people who expressed concerns with dust and air quality issues with increased diesal truck traffic.
Duane Wirt read a letter written by Winona County Farm Bureau President, Glen Groth, that stated the Farm Bureau's support of the Nisbit project and letting farmers mine their own land safely.
Commissioners Jessica Heiden, Robert Redig and Arland Otte voted in favor of requiring the additional E-I-S.
The Planning Commission's recommendation will now go to the County Board for a final vote April 2nd on the Nisbit project's Conditional Use Permit, which includes 37 seperate conditions.