Thursday, August 16th

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Environmental exemptions that would clear the way for a Georgia company to build a $70 million frac sand processing plant in western Wisconsin that environmentalists oppose hit a snag Wednesday in the state Senate.

The Republican chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee said he had no intention of taking up the amendment with the exemptions added to a largely technical bill in a late-night vote by the state Assembly last week. While state Sen. Rob Cowles said it wasn't his plan to consider it, "there's always forces above us that can override this guy."

The bill before the Senate committee does not yet include the provision meant to benefit Meteor Timber.