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'Trash Talk' Feb. 21 to focus on frac sand mining

February 19, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — Housing and Residence Life at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host "Trash Talk: What the Frac," a presentation about frac sand mining, at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the basement of Towers South Hall.

The presentation will feature Ken Schmitt, a farmer and former county board member from the town of Howard in Chippewa County, who helped pass an ordinance regarding frac sand mining in his town.

UW-Eau Claire students Jeron Jacobson, Burnsville, Minn., and Zachary Kroening, Green Bay, both environmental public health majors, also will discuss air sampling research they conducted at a frac sand mine in Wisconsin with Dr. Crispin Pierce, associate professor of environmental public health.

Jacobson and Kroening's research involved assessing air concentrations of frac sand particles.

"It's speculated that if we breathe them in in large quantities we may see some consequential health effects in people who are exposed to them regularly," Jacobson said.

He and Kroening will talk about health issues related to frac sand mining and how the activity of frac sand mining is currently on the local radar for industry.

The talk is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the public. A short question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact Kate Hartsel, housing sustainability coordinator, at hartseka@uwec.edu.

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