On June 27, we lost a valued colleague, when Rich Budinger passed away unexpectedly. Rich played a crucial role in the startup of the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association (WISA) organization. He was the first President of WISA, and a practical spokesperson on behalf of the sand mining industry in Wisconsin. Many of us worked closely with Rich over the years. He will be deeply missed, as a leader, mentor, and friend.
The nonprofit Institute for Wisconsin’s Health spent a year and $100,000 gathering research done by industry, the Department of Natural Resources and local governments. IWH health impact assessment specialist Audrey Boerner said evidence suggests frac sand mining isn’t likely to cause health problems due to silica dust inhalation or groundwater contamination.