Silica Sand Rulemaking
Information provided on this Web page is current as of November 20, 2013.
Joint Advisory Committee
Soliciting applicants for joint Silica Sand Advisory Committee
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) have decided to constitute a joint advisory committee (12 to 15 people) to provide advice to the agencies on the rulemakings for silica sand. The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) will also be participating in this advisory committee to receive advice on rules related to silica sand. Application deadline is Nov. 29, 2013.
Permanent Rule Package
Reclamation of Silica Sand Mines
Revisor’s ID Number R-04198
The 2013 Minnesota Legislature directed the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to establish rules for the reclamation of silica sand mines (Laws 2013, Chapter 114, Article 4, Section 105(b)). The DNR is considering adopting rules that would control possible adverse environmental effects of silica sand mining, protect natural resources, and encourage planning of future land utilization.
A notice was published in July 22, 2013 edition of the State Register requesting comments on the possible rules governing reclamation of silica sand mines. This notice marks the initiation of the rulemaking process. Interested persons or groups may submit comments, questions or requests to receive a draft of the rules in writing to the agency contact listed below until further notice is published in the State Register or presented on this webpage. As the DNR proceeds into rule development, information and progress will be regularly updated on this Web page.
Learn more about DNR's role in regulating Silica Sand mining
Learn more about MPCA's silica sand rulemaking efforts
|Year||Document Title||Document Link|
|2013||Request for comment published in the July 22, 2013 edition of the State Register||Document Link|
|2013||MN DNR Silica Sand Mining Reclamation Rulemaking Fact Sheet||Document Link|
|2013||See a general map displaying quartz-rich sandstone within 50 feet of land surface||Document Link|
Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box 45
St. Paul, MN 55155-4045
Telephone: 651-259-5376 or 888-646-6367