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Frac-sand ban advances in Pepin

The Pepin County Zoning Committee approved an ordinance banning frac-sand mining in a 10-mile radius along Highway 35/Great River Road, voting to send it to County Board for final approval.

The ordinance creates a zoning overlay district that would limit mining operations to no more than 50 daily truck trips, and bans frac-sand processing plants and loading facilities entirely.

Pepin County Board will vote on the ordinance 7 p.m. June 12 at the Government Center in Durand, Wis.