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Senate committee to vote Wednesday on protecting frac sand mines from new regulations

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Senate's mining committee has scheduled a vote for Wednesday on a controversial bill to protect existing frac-sand mines from unexpected regulations.

Mining panels from both houses held a joint hearing on the measure Monday.

At least one supporter doubted the ability of local governments to properly keep tabs on the industry.

Critics cited a loss of local control, and the inability of communities to keep their regulations abreast with future technology.

Senate Republican Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst said he was concerned that local governments don't overregulate frac-sand mines to the point that they'll leave. He also wanted tighter limits on regulating future mines -- but as a compromise, he gave that up so existing mines won't have to worry about local rule changes down the road.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)