A sand mining company is asking state regulators to lift environmental review requirements that were set several years ago.
In 2013, the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board ruled that Minnesota Sands must complete a comprehensive environmental impact study before moving ahead on proposed frac sand mines. The company has rights to several thousand acres in Southeastern Minnesota. The proposed mines are located on about 615 acres in Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties that the board determined were linked and would have collective environmental impacts on the same geographic area.
Minnesota Sands is suing to overturn Winona County’s frac mining ban, and now says its plans are limited to a 50-acre mine in Fillmore County. The company is asking the board to consider that a stand-alone project.