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Aug. 21, 2019 – The global aggregates market is expected to reach $671.1 billion by 2025, escalating at a CAGR of 6.5% over the forecast period, according to a new...

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The second edition of the Dust Control Handbook for Industrial Minerals Mining and Processing represents a successful collaborative effort by government and industry toward protecting the health of U.S. mine...
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On Aug. 3, Bunting Magnetics Co. celebrated its 60th anniversary as a company. Since being founded in 1959, Bunting Magnetics Co. has grown from a small company in Chicago, to...
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McCloskey International announced the appointment of Daragh Cullen as dealer manager, primarily responsible for dealer relations and recruitment for the Eastern United States and Caribbean.
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Wisconsin Town Votes for Permit Moratorium


The Trempealeau County, Wis., Board in Whitehall voted 12-0 to not consider any new silica-sand removal permits for a year, according to the Pierce County
Herald.

Existing sites will not be allowed to expand, either, while county officials study the impact of frac-sand mining on people’s health. County environmental director Kevin Lien says the public has questions that local officials cannot answer. The moratorium’s author, Supervisor Sally Miller, says it will slow things down and quote, “give us a chance to catch our breath.”

Trempealeau County has 10 frac-sand mines operating, and 16 other sites are in various stages of development after getting permits. Those sites cover more than 4,700 acres. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says Trempealeau County has issued more frac-sand mining permits in the last 36 months than any other county in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. Wisconsin alone has over 100 facilities.

Supervisor Miller recently complained that fellow County Board member David Suchla broke ethics laws by engaging in his own proposed frac-sand operation with a Texas firm. Suchla admits being in the frac-sand business but said he has not violated anything. A prosecutor in nearby La Crosse is investigating.