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Sen. Schmit touts study of mining concerns

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials would study the environmental impact of silica sand mining and provide technical assistance to local governments dealing with sand mining issues under a bill to be introduced Monday in the state Senate.

The bill by Sen. Matt Schmit, DFL-Red Wing, also would establish the Southern Minnesota Silica Sand Board and allow local governments to collect some taxes to deal with the issue.

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