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Frack-sand company sues Wisconsin DNR over permit denial

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An Atlanta-based fracking company is taking the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to court over its decision to deny a permit to build a $75 million sand-processing plant in Monroe County.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports Thursday that Meteor Timber filed a lawsuit in Monroe County circuit court challenging the DNR’s decision to invalidate a permit granted earlier to fill 16 acres of wetland.

A spokesman for the DNR did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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

Meteor Timber asked the DNR to review that decision and last month the agency secretary appointed by Gov. Tony Evers declined to reinstate the permit.

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