Northern White Sand cuts sand pile height to keep neighbors happy

A Northern White Sand mine in northeast Utica is reducing the height of its sand stockpiles to limit wind blown sand problems for neighbors.

NWS has stacked several massive piles of freshly mined silica sand that had been blowing onto neighboring properties and people’s homes.

La Salle County Board member Randy Freeman asked colleagues Friday if there was anything the county could do for rural residents living next to the sand mines.

County board attorney Todd Martin said he had spoken with officials from NWS who told him they are taking measures to “self-police”.

“I had a discussion with attorney John Duncan and they are self-policing the height of their sand piles,” Martin said. “We’ve had some pretty high winds recently and they did not expect the sand to blow as much.”

Another NWS representative met with county board chairman Jerry Hicks  and zoning director Mike Harsted to discuss the issue as well.

“They showed us pictures of how the sand piles were being lowered,” Hicks said.


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