DNR opens public comment period on scope of sand mining report

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is inviting the public to comment on the agency’s most recent effort to assess the latest scientific, natural resource and socio-economic information relating to industrial sand mining and its infrastructure.

“The department is conducting a strategic analysis on industrial sand mining in order to provide quality, factual information to the public and decision makers,” said Dave Siebert, Environmental Analysis bureau director. “We welcome the public’s input in helping us determine what should be considered in the analysis.”

The public comment period for the scope of the strategic analysis runs through April 20, 2015. Information about the analysis and the proposed topics to be covered can be found by searching the DNR website for the industrial sand mine strategic analysis.

The public is also invited to complete an online form to provide feedback on topics they believe should be included in the analysis. In addition, information relevant to the strategic analysis may also be submitted.

In addition to submitting comments through the website, written comments and pertinent data may also be submitted to: Chris Willger, WDNR, 1300 W. Clairemont, Eau Claire, WI 54701; or by e-mail at DNROEAAcomments@wisconsin.gov.

The strategic analysis is intended to update information provided in a 2012 DNR document Silica Sand Mining in Wisconsin.

Siebert noted the department intended that report to be a dynamic document that would be updated as new, significant information became available.

In January the Natural Resources Board approved a department proposal to conduct the strategic analysis.

Siebert said that in addition to the current comment period, the public will have an opportunity to review and provide comments on a draft of the strategic analysis later this year.

For more information search the DNR website for keywords “sand mining.”

For more information, contact: Dave Siebert, Bureau of Environmental Analysis and Sustainability, 608-264-6048; Bill Cosh, Communications, 608-267-2773.