WINONA, Minn. (WEAU) -- An area city is considering monitoring the ambient air quality for silica sand along a truck route.
Winona, Minnesota, Assistant City Planner Carlos Espinosa said the proposal is from the state’s pollution control agency.
He said it hasn’t been decided where the station would be set up, but said Riverview Drive is the busiest route in Winona for trucks carrying silica sand.
Espinosa said this would cost about $60,000 for a year.
The state would cover the cost, but that doesn’t include site preparation and checking on the equipment by city staff.
Espinosa said if approved, the data from monitoring would be accessible.
“We would basically make it available so people are aware of what’s going on on Winona’s truck routes, and the state would use it in its overall assessment of how to regulate the silica sand industry,” said Espinosa.
A couple of representatives from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are expected to come to Winona’s Planning Commission Meeting on October 28.