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Lobbyists line up to get paperwork dealing with silica sand mining on Tuesday as Sen. Matt Schmit of Red Wing, Minn., begins to discuss his bill on the issue.

Minnesota Committee OKs sand mining moratorium

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- New silica sand mines would be prohibited from opening for a year under a bill a Minnesota 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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