Wisconsin Hearing Set for Air Pollution from Frack Sand Processing Operation

by admin on July 17, 2018

Chieftain Sand & Proppant Operation in Wisconsin

Public Notice of an Air Pollution Control Permit Application Review

Facility Description: Piranha Proppant LLC, located at US Highway 53 and County Highway SS, Dovre Township, Barron County, Wisconsin, FID 603107010

SUBMITTED application, including plans and specifications for the construction of a sand dryer and a rail loadout and the operation of a dry sand processing plant.

Air pollution control construction permit no. 18-POY-007

Air pollution control operation permit no. 603107010-F01

Application Review.

DNR has made a preliminary determination that the application meets state and federal air pollution control requirements and that the permit should be approved.

You can review the permit application, the DNR’s analysis and draft permit prepared by the DNR at the Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Air Management Headquarters, Seventh Floor, 101 South Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin, 53703; and at West Central Region Headquarters, 1300 W. Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701; This information is also available for downloading from the Internet at:


For questions on the permit application, the DNR’s analysis and the draft permit prepared by the DNR, or to make arrangements to review the documents at a DNR office, please contact Paul Yeung at (608) 266-0672 or by e-mail at paul.yeung@wisconsin.gov

The department has made the determination under ch. NR 150, Wis. Adm. Code, that this type of proposal normally does not have the potential to cause significant adverse environmental or secondary effects. This is a preliminary determination and does not constitute a final approval from the Air Management

DNR published a public notice on June 30, 2018. On June 27, 2018, DNR e-mailed the public notice to the interested parties who have requested to receive the public notices via e-mail, with the information that the public notice would be published on June 30, 2018. DNR received a request on June 28, 2018 for a public hearing for the project.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, pursuant to ss. 285.13(1), 285.61(7), and 285.62(5) Wis. Stats., DNR will hold a public hearing to receive public comments on the air pollution control permit application for the proposed project.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the public hearing will be held:

Monday, July 30, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Chetek City Hall Chamber
220 Stout Street,
Chetek, Wisconsin 54728

All comments received by the DNR at the public hearing, and during the public comment period will be considered prior to making a final decision regarding the proposed project. The comment period ends July 30, 2018.

After the public hearing and the close of the public comment period, a final decision will be made on whether to issue or deny the air pollution control permit. Information on the public commenting and hearing process is available at


Reasonable accommodation, including the provision of informational material in an alternative format, will be provided for qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

For the Secretary By /s/ Susan Lindem
Environmental Engineer Supervisor


NOTE: It is critical there be a good representation of the public at this meeting. If you feel you can’t comment on the permit, you can raise questions. I learned a great deal at the SSS permit hearing this past week. Only 2 citizens (one representing Sierra Club and I) were present.

Mark your calendar for: Monday, July 30, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the
Chetek City Hall Chamber and/or submit comments by mail or email.

>>> Patricia Popple, 715-723-6398, sunnyday5@charter.net

Editor of the Frac Sand Sentinel, a newsletter highlighting resource links, news media accounts, blog posts, correspondence, observations and opinions gathered regarding local actions on, and impacts of, the developing frac sand mining and processing industries.

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