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July 21, 2015

MENOMONIE, Wis. -- Fairmount Santrol-Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company, a Wisconsin industrial sand company, was formally entered into the state's innovative environmental Green Tier program today at a celebration at the company's Menomonie facility.

Fairmount's facilities in Hager City, Maiden Rock and Menomonie joined Green Tier, a program that encourages businesses to voluntarily move beyond regulatory compliance in order to promote superior environmental performance. Fairmount Santrol is participating in Tier 1 of the program, which is designed to encourage new goal setting and innovation.

"We are pleased to have Fairmount Santrol participate in Green Tier," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp. "This sustainability-minded company demonstrates how solutions that are good for the environment can also be good for the economy."

In her congratulatory message to Fairmount, Stepp noted the company's diligent efforts to embrace environmental opportunities make it a leader in the nonmetallic mining industry.

Fairmount Santrol helped organize the state's sand mining industry by co-founding the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association. With a commitment to superior environmental performance, the association set a membership requirement of enrollment in Green Tier.

As part of its acceptance into Green Tier, Fairmount Santrol has implemented an Environmental Management System, a "plan-do-check-act" tool that helps the company understand its environmental impacts. An EMS sets benchmarks to measure environmental improvements and allows Fairmount Santrol to monitor its performance with indicators such as energy conservation and water use.

"Fairmount Santrol is committed to exceeding expectations and going beyond compliance," said Aaron Scott, Fairmont's regional mine manager. "Our culture is unique. This approach to every aspect of our operation has allowed us to work together to achieve positive things for our business, the communities we operate and our other stakeholders. We are excited to be honored by the DNR in this way."

Scott noted that Fairmount Santrol makes environmental stewardship a fundamental element of the way it operates, including:

Additional information about Fairmount Santrol and Green Tier can be found on the DNR website by searching "Green Tier" and looking under the "see Green Tier participants, applicants and charters" button and at [Exit DNR].

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Roberta Walls, DNR, 608-785-9272; John Stoffel, DNR, (715) 684-2914 x121

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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