Senate Bill 349 “is dangerous and reckless,” says mother Julie Augesen, whose 7-year-old twins attend school near a proposed silica frac sand mine.
Augesen and other citizens around the state of Wisconsin may lose local control of mining sites in their communities. Currently, municipalities may regulate air and water standards appropriate for each location. If this bill passes, that power would transfer to the state, leaving “our hands tied to protect our children” from silica dust and other hazards says Augesen.
In Glenwood City, WI, where a 400-acre frac sand mine is proposed less than ½ mile from the public school of 650 children, Augesen claims she would rather leave the area than risk her children’s health, “even if that meant walking away from our home.” Augesen says she wouldn’t want to make the decision to go into foreclosure on her family’s home, but “if it meant my kids’ health, then yeah, I would do it.”
Adding a sense of urgency is the discovery by Glenwood area residents that silica dust was recently discovered in a neighboring town’s school air filter. A recent study by UW- Eau Claire’s Crispin Pierce Ph.D. reveals that silica particles were discovered in the school air filter in New Auburn, a community which has several frac sand mine operations.
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