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March 11, 2014

MADISON - The public has an opportunity to submit comments on applications for Wisconsin's Green Tier program from Muskie Proppant in Plum City and Fairmount Minerals' subsidiary, FML Sand at their Oakdale and Readfield facilities. Green Tier is designed to recognize and reward companies who are committed to superior environmental performance.

Muskie Proppant and the two Fairmount Minerals facilities are applying for Tier 1 of the program where businesses are encouraged to work with the Department of Natural Resources to innovate, collaborate and set new environmental goals beyond the regulatory minimum. To be accepted, an applicant must have a good environmental record, commit to improving environmental performance and implement an Environmental Management System.

Muskie Proppant has committed to achieving several environmental performance goals such as establishing a recycling program, creating a zero discharge system for water use and reducing natural gas use while improving efficiencies.

Fairmount Minerals and its subsidiary, FML Sand, strive to exceed sustainable development practices at its operations in Readfield and Oakdale. The facilities specialize in processing high-quality industrial sand products for glass manufacturing, construction, animal bedding and for oil and gas exploration.

By 2015, Fairmount Minerals aims to achieve zero waste to landfill at all facilities, including the Readfield and Oakdale plants. In 2014 and 2015 FML Sand will work on ways to recycle or reuse materials generated at both plants such as rubber belting from conveyors, tires, air filters, plastics and items that are not commonly recycled such as plastic foam. Other efforts include reducing energy and fuel usage.

DNR welcomes comments on these Green Tier applicants until April 11, 2014. Comments, questions and requests for a public informational meeting concerning these applications may be directed to DNR Environmental Assistance Coordinator Gregg Breese, 608-509-5046, Wisconsin DNR, OB/7, PO Box 792,1 Madison, WI 53707-7921, or by email to Specific information on FML Sand's Readfield and Oakdale facilities, Muskie Proppant and the Green Tier program can be found by searching the DNR website for Green Tier and clicking on the button for "Comment on Green Tier applicants."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregg Breese, Environmental Coordinator, 608-509-5046

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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