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Fitzgerald: Senate may revisit exemptions for sand plant

MADISON, Wis. - Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is signaling legislation that would clear the way for a $70 million frac sand processing plant may not be dead after all.

Meteor Timber wants to build the plant in Monroe County. The Ho-Chunk Nation and Clean Wisconsin have challenged the company's wetland construction permit. A judge is considering whether to allow the project to proceed.

The Assembly passed provisions last month that would have allowed the company to fill wetlands while the judge is considering the case. The Senate wrapped up its two-year session Tuesday without voting on the bill.

Fitzerald told reporters Friday he wants to reconvene to tweak special election law. He said senators are still interested in the Meteor Timber bill and that measure could come up then as well.


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