I just wanted to take a moment to let everybody know the status on Fillmore County’s request to have the EQB serve as the Regulatory Government Unit (RGU) for the proposed sand mines in Fillmore, Houston, and Winona Counties. David Williams and Commissioner Bakke were present at the EQB’s meeting yesterday and testified requesting the EQB act as the RGU or appoint a State agency to act as the RGU for an EIS.
The EQB made the decision to act as the RGU for an EIS, paving the way for a more comprehensive study on the proposed mining operations. It is my opinion that the proposed projects will not move forward for 1 – 1 ½ years depending on how long the study takes, and longer if the proposals move forward with Conditional Use Permits.
I can personally say I am happy the State made this decision and I would like to thank everybody who contacted the EQB with your concerns. Have a great day, Chris.
Chris Graves, MBA-OM
PO Box 655
101 Fillmore Street