Silica Sand Rulemaking Advisory Panel

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) have formed this joint advisory panel that will provide input to the agencies regarding regulation of silica sand operations in Minnesota. The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board will also participate in the advisory panel process to receive advice on rules related to silica sand environmental review.


The panel had its first meeting in January 2014, and will continue with working meetings until the agencies propose anticipated rule amendments. This process is likely to take about one year.

  • Working meetings of the panel are open for public observation.
  • Meetings will be held in locations convenient to the panelists.
  • The agencies will post approved meeting materials.

Upcoming meetings

In-person meetings will be held at the People’s Energy Cooperative (Oronoco, Minn.) and run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • October 1
  • November 3
  • December 4

Next meeting: October 1

Staff contact: Nathan Cooley (651-757-2290)


  • 10:00 a.m. - Facilitator: Welcome, Bringing conversations into the room
  • 10:15 - Catherine Neuschler: Schedule and transition to formal rulemaking
    Plan for next couple of meetings
    Agencies plan for moving to formal rulemaking
  • 10:30 - EQB: Update, discussion
    EQB timelines, next steps, process
    Update on recent meetings (WebEx), EQB meetings with LGUs and facility visits.
    Discussion: Silica sand used for non-fracking purposes
  • 11:05 - Break
  • 11:15 - Heather Arends: Reclamation preliminary draft rule language
  • 12:30 - Lunch
  • 1:00 - Heather Arends (continued discussion)
  • 2:00 - Break
  • 2:15 - Heather Arends (continued discussion)
  • 3:15 - Facilitator: Check-In and Wrap Up
  • 3:30 - Adjourn

Past meetings

September 2014

Supplemental meeting - conference call

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

January 2014

The panel first met on January 29.