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Budget committee approves sand mining plan (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s budget-writing committee has approved pulling money from the state’s environmental management fund to cover sand mining inspections.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted Tuesday to approve the proposal from Gov. Scott Walker.

Money in the environmental management fund comes from a number of sources, including fees landfills pay the state, vehicle environmental impact fees and pesticide fees. The money goes toward recycling, cleaning up contaminated land and fighting pollution run-off from farm fields.

Walker’s budget calls for using nearly $447,000 from the fund to enable the Department of Natural Resources to add sand mine compliance and inspection to the responsibilities of three to four existing staffers.

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