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Mining Study Committee member John Litsenberger (right) defends the county’s mining ordinance Monday night, saying the group has sufficiently researched and addressed the impacts of silica mining after more than two years of discussion. (Republican Eagle photos by Michael Brun)

Silica amendments pass hurdle

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The Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission voted Monday night to adopt a number of amendments strengthening the county’s ordinance and comprehensive plan regarding silica sand mining.


One of the biggest changes would create a one-mile setback for silica mines and processing facilities from cities, campsites and residential districts.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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