Frack sand mine industry leaders say concerns that a Republican bill would dramatically weaken local governments' control over their projects is overblown.
Sen. Tom Tiffany's proposal would bar local governments from using their police powers, which give them broad authority to regulate public safety, to impose requirements on frack sand mines.
The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported in Sunday's editions that Rich Budinger, director of the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association, said the bill still allows locals to use their zoning powers to regulate sand mines. He also says the mines are already subjected to multiple regulations across all levels of government.
Tiffany has said he doesn't expect the Senate to take up the bill before the end of the year.