- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources board has approved a new study on frac sand mining in Wisconsin.

The DNR wants to update a 2012 report on sand mining with more current information after Midwest Environmental Advocates presented a petition to the agency’s board in October seeking an industry analysis.

The board gave the agency the go-ahead on a unanimous vote Wednesday.

The DNR plans to seek public input on what topics to address in the report in February and March. The process will include a public comment period and review of a draft report before the final document goes back to the board. The DNR doesn’t have a timeline for completion yet.

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