The Winona Planning Commission will meet next Monday, September 23rd, and will continue discussions about air quality and how it relates to the silica sand industry in the city of Winona.
Last month the commission voted to put off further action until a representative of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency could come to Winona and give an update on state efforts and answer questions.
The MPCA is currently working on a written response to the commission's request and questions submitted and are going to wait until October 1st on information to be released by the Environmental Quality Board before attending a commission meeting.
The questions the Planning Commission submitted to the MPCA include finding out what other silica sand facilities in Minnesota are conducting air monitoring, when is monitoring required, what are MPCA's suggestions moving forward and is air quality monitoring for crysalline silica at Winona's sand facilities and truck routes recommended.
The planning commission meets Monday at 4:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall and the public is invited to attend.