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Some frac sand mines in Western Wisconsin facing water violations


TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, Wisconsin (WQOW) - A half a dozen frac sand companies are facing storm water violations.

The DNR says in each case, storm water left the site and reached surface water somewhere else.  That storm water contained sediments. We are waiting for more specific information about those sediments, and also what kind of surface water was affected.

Here's what we do know: four companies in Trempealeau County: Arcadia Sand, Alpine Sand, Sierra Frac, and Patzner Pit, and two in Barron County: Superior Silica, and Great Northern Sand Were put on notice to make changes.

The DNR says each company has a temporary plan to control the movement of sediment from their site, but they're also working on developing a long-term solution. 

We are also waiting for information about what enforcement action the DNR will take if the companies don't comply.

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