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Chippewa Co. alleges mining company violated state, local law

Superior Silica

Chippewa County (WQOW) -- County officials claim a bankrupt frac sand mining company is in violation of state and county law.

In a bankruptcy filing, the county alleges Superior Silica Sands failed to provide adequate funding for reclamation bonds, which are required by local governments to reclaim a mine in the event a site owner cannot.

In the filing, the county said Superior Silica Sands needed to put up $4.65 million for the bonds for its mine in New Auburn, but fell more than $1.6 million short of that total.

According to Wisconsin Public Radio, a county official also claimed in federal staff the company ignored county environmental requirements at the mine.

News 18 reached out to Superior Silica Sands for comment on the allegations, but our calls were not returned.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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