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Trempealeau County committee votes down frac-sand mine permit

WHITEHALL, WI (WTAQ) - A county committee has said no to another frac-sand mine in western Wisconsin. 

The Trempealeau County land use panel voted 5-3 Wednesday to reject a conditional use and mining reclamation permit for All-Energy Silica. 

The firm wanted to open a non-metallic quarry near Arcadia, but several committee members said the firm was too vague about its proposed mining output -- and the way it would transport the sand. 

All-Energy had submitted its application before Trempealeau County adopted a moratorium on new and larger frac-sand mines in late August. 

The facility would have covered around 550 acres, with a total cost of $45 million.