Officials in western Wisconsin have rejected a proposed 725-acre mine in Trempealeau County over environmental and other concerns.
The La Crosse Tribune reported the Environment and Land Use Committee voted 5-3 Wednesday to deny the permit.
AllEnergy Silica was seeking a conditional-use and reclamation mine permit. The company was hoping to mine nonmetal quarry from a proposed mine near the town of Arcadia.
But several committee members say the application felt rushed, and that the company was vague about how it planned to truck sand and mining output.
Officials also expressed concern about how close the mine would be to the Trempealeau River and Trout Run Creek.
Company spokesman Mark Riley says the company was prepared to invest $45 million, and would be "good stewards of the land."