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Court affirms decision blocking sand mine

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court has affirmed a decision blocking a frack sand mine in western Wisconsin.

The Mississippi Land Connection and Timber Company LLC and Wisconsin Bluff Sands LLC filed an application for a permit for a mine in the town of Waumandee in 2013. The Buffalo County Board of Adjustment denied the application after hearing from experts that little vegetation would grow in the area after the mine closed and from members of the public concerned about potential traffic, declining air quality and declining property values.

The District 1 Court of Appeals upheld the board’s decision on Tuesday, finding that the board properly considered the mine’s environmental impact.

The companies’ attorney, Richard White, said he hadn’t seen the decision and had no comment.

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