Planning Commission-Frac Sand
The Winona Planning Commission Monday voted to hold a public hearing on April 8th before deciding on proposed code amendments that would require all frac sand facilities complete a Transportation Impact Analysis.
Assistant City Planner Carlos Espinosa says the intent is to not just focus on roads in the city but to consider where the traffic is coming from and going to.
The code amendments, if eventually passed by the City Council, would apply to all future mines not just frac sand.
The commissioners also discussed possible air quality testing in the city.
Espinosa noted that a 1-hour air quality test took place in January at the Winona Central Garage on West 11th street by students of UW-Eau Claire.
Espinosa says although results showed the air quality to be above federal standards for an annual period, much more testing needs to be done for a good baseline reading.
Espinosa noted that preliminary results of longer air quality testing at three Wisconsin silica sand operations, including the second largest one in the country in Chippewa Falls, show the sites are not producing silica dust levels that are potentially hazardous to the public.
The subject will be referred to the Citizens Environmental Quality Commission for further study before bringing it back to the commission.