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Sen. Bill Weber of Luverne pages through a bill to regulate silica sand mining during a Tuesday Minnesota Senate committee hearing. (Don Davis/Forum News Service)

Lawmakers OK sand mining moratorium, despite GOP objections

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ST. PAUL -- New silica sand mines would be prohibited from opening for a year under a bill a state Senate committee approved Tuesday.


Besides a moratorium, the bill would require a study on the environmental impact of sand mines, establish a board to deal with the issue and levy taxes that would go to state and local governments.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.