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DNR Secretary refuses to reinstate permit for sand plant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources’ secretary has decided not to reinstate a permit for a $75 million sand-processing plant in Monroe County.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports DNR Secretary Preston Cole signed a decision on Tuesday to close the agency’s review of a judge’s decision to revoke a permit allowing Meteor Timber to fill 16 acres of wetlands.

The DNR granted the permit in 2017. An administrative-law judge revoked the permit in May 2018, finding that the agency lacked enough information to grant it.

Meteor Timber later that month asked the DNR to review the judge’s decision and decide whether to honor it.

Cole says the dispute would be best resolved by mutual agreement or in court.

John Behling, an attorney for Meteor, says the company is reviewing Cole’s decision.

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