Sand mining companies form a trade group
Four of the sand mining companies with involvement in Wisconsin have formed a trade association. These are mostly fairly well-established companies in the state, and include some of those that have been more responsible. It will be interesting to follow this group and see what they do in the next legislative session.
Wisconsin's chaotically fast-growing sand mining industry took a step toward stricter self-regulation Tuesday with the public rollout of a new statewide member organization formed by a handful of the industry's top players.
The Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association, or WISA, aims to hold members to high standards of environmental protection, management and safety, said association president Rich Budinger, who works for Wisconsin Industrial Sand Co., which owns three large sand mines in central Wisconsin.
"All these topics have regulations throughout the state," he said. "We want to be able to set the bar higher, with association standards that exceed requirements."