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Study Addresses Air Quality/Frac Sand Mining

Posted By Mark Ellis, Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Heartland Institute ( recently published a policy study of air quality and industrial sand (frac sand) mining.  Authored by Isaac Orr and Mark Krumenacher, the study is the sixth and final entry in a series of six studies published by The Heartland Institute addressing industrial sand mining.

Part 1 of the study offers an introduction to particulate matter and its health implications.  Part 2 presents the findings of several air monitoring studies conducting in recent years.  These studies used equipment and sampling methodologies approved by EPA and NIOSH.  Part 3 explains the limitations of less scientifically legitimate reports that attempt to quantify concentrations of particulate matter in areas near industrial sand operations.  While Part 2 presents studies that have concluded industrial sand mining does not generate significant quantities of respirable crystalline silica dust, Part 4 examines why that may be the case.  Part 5 offers concluding remarks.

The Heartland Institute is attached and reproduced with the permission of The Heartland Institute.

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Tags:  air quality  air quality monitoring  air quality standard  industrial sand  silica 

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New York Times Prints NISA Response to Anti-Sand Mining Op-Ed

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Last Monday the New York Times ran an op-ed piece critical of industrial sand mining in the upper Midwest, The Sand Mines That Ruin Farmland The op-ed was written by Nancy Loeb, an assistant clinical professor at Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law and expressed the opinion that sand mining is an undesirable use of the land in the Midwest. Ms. Loeb's opinion is predicated on a lack of understanding of the industry and the regulations sand producers follow to ensure socially and environmentally responsible development.

NISA President, Mark Ellis, along with the Chairman of the NISA Communications Task Force, John Ulizio and Joan Gartlan, a communications consultant NISA use during the silica litigation crisis, crafted a letter to the editor as a response. The New York Times ran NISA's letter yesterday. Crafting a NISA response presented some challenges.  Ms. Loeb's op-ed ran in excess of 900 words.  However, letters to the editor of the New York Times typically are limited to just 150-175 words.  NISA's letter ran slightly over 200 words as published. To read NISA's Letter, Sand Mining Compliance click here

In addition to NISA's distribution, we collaborated with the American Petroleum Institute (API) to disseminate the letter to the editor.  API offered to distribute the letter via its Energy from Shale Twitter account.  It also has shared it with other third parties, as well.  Ms. Loeb's op-ed is precisely the type of misinformation NISA continues to correct in the ongoing public debate over the impacts of the industry on our communities. 

Tags:  industrial sand  new york times  news  NISA  op-ed  sand 

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Foundry Sand Beneficial Use Webinars February 10 & 18

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, February 5, 2016
Updated: Friday, February 5, 2016

The American Foundry Society (AFS) is presenting a free webinar series covering U.S. EPA’s recent study on the beneficial use of foundry sand. The idea of beneficial use for metalcasters has gained continued traction across the country, and the release of U.S. EPA’s Risk Assessment of Spent Foundry Sands in Soil Related Applications provides significant opportunity for the metalcasting industry to promote and reform beneficial use rules.

 The first of two webinars in this series will summarize the risk assessment, discuss why it is important to you, and show how various foundry groups have been using the risk assessment to advance beneficial use in their states. 

Presenters are Greg Kramer, corporate environmental engineer, ME Global Inc.; Dan Oman, principal consultant, Haley & Aldrich; Bryant Esch, environmental coordinator, Waupaca Foundry; and Mike Lenahan, vice president of sales, Fairmount Santrol.


Register Here For Part 1 Register Here For Part 2

Tags:  administration  American Foundry Society  EPA  industrial sand  webinars 

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