WISA members are committed to adhering to a Code of Conduct with Guiding Principles and Performance Standards that guide the Association’s efforts to be a leader in fostering a healthy, safe and environmentally responsible sand mining industry in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association – Code of Conduct

I.   Guiding Principles

  • To lead in ethical ways that benefit society, the environment and the economy – People, Planet and Prosperity;
  • To design and operate industrial sand facilities in a safe and environmentally sound manner;
  • To promote clean water and clean air, minimization of waste and conservation of energy and other critical resources in the mining and processing of industrial sand;
  • To collaborate with state and local governments in the state of Wisconsin in the development of effective, efficient and scientifically based safety, health, environmental and land use laws, regulations and standards;
  • To be a leader in education and research on the health, safety, and environmental effects of crystalline silica and industrial sand mining and processing operations;
  • To communicate with stakeholders and listen to and consider their perspectives – seek a “balance” between competing interests, consistent with People, Planet, Prosperity;
  • To make continual progress toward a goal of no accidents, injuries, occupational disease. cases at or from industrial sand operations in the state of Wisconsin, and to openly report health and safety performance;
  • To work with carriers to foster the safe transport of industrial sand, to work with carriers and other stakeholders to minimize to the extent commercially feasible the impact of transporting sand;
  • To instill a culture throughout all levels of the member company organizations to continually advance these guiding principles.

II.  Performance Standards

Environmental:

  • WISA member shall be a participant in good standing in the Wisconsin DNR Green Tier Program, as a Tier 1 participant, for each of its industrial sand facilities within the state of Wisconsin. If a WISA member opens a new industrial sand facility in the state of Wisconsin, the WISA member shall apply for Tier 1 participation in the Wisconsin DNR Green Tier Program for that facility within 45 days of of that facility becoming operational, i.e., beginning to ship or sell industrial sand for commercial purposes.
  • Upon application for membership in WISA, the applicant shall not have any of the following:
    • Within 60 months, a judgment of conviction entered against it, any managing operator of it, or any person with a 25% or more ownership interest in the WISA member for a criminal violation of an environmental regulation.
    • Within 36 months a civil judgment entered in a Wisconsin Circuit Court or Wisconsin United States District Court against it, any managing operator of the applicant, or any person with a 25% or more ownership interest in it for a violation of an environmental regulation involving a covered facility that resulted in substantial harm to public health or the environment.
    • Within 36 months, the WISA member, any managing operator of the WISA member, or any person with a 25% or more ownership interest in the WISA member has been referred to the Wisconsin Department of Justice for enforcement of an environmental regulation involving a covered facility or activity that resulted in substantial harm to public health or the environment.
    • Within 24 months, the WISA member, any managing operator of the WISA member, or any person with a 25% or more ownership interest in the WISA member has been issued an environmental citation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources involving a covered facility or activity that resulted in substantial harm to public health or the environment.

Safety:

  • Adopt the National Industrial Sand Association’s (NISA) Silicosis Prevention Program and implement the NISA Occupational Health Program (OHP), which means that each member of WISA is required at a minimum to conduct dust monitoring for respirable crystalline silica and medical surveillance per the guidelines set forth in the NISA OHP (as it may be amended from time to time) in connection with their Wisconsin industrial sand facilities. Further, WISA members will report annually the results of medical surveillance and dust sampling at their Wisconsin industrial sand facilities to WISA.
  • Maintain an average respirable crystalline silica dust exposure level for each major job category, for each Wisconsin industrial sand facility, at or below .05 mg/m3.

Community, including land use, transportation, community outreach and emergency response initiatives:

  • Dialog with stakeholders, and action as appropriate, to minimize the community impacts of industrial sand operations, e.g., tangible efforts to reduce noise, light pollution, blasting impacts, visual impacts, impact of truck and rail traffic;
  • Establish a program to communicate relevant information concerning Wisconsin facilities to local communities;
  • Engage local communities to identify and promote local community education projects, e.g., facility open houses, tours;
  • Develop and manage wildlife habitat;
  • Engage the local community to identify and promote local environmental projects.

Post Mining Land Use/Reclamation

  • Adopt reclamation plans to provide post-mining economic and/or environmental value to the affected communities; engage the stakeholders when appropriate in connection with reclamation and post-mining land use planning; maintain compliance with mining permit and reclamation plan.

Management

  • Chief Executive Officer (or equivalent) written commitment to Guiding Principles and Performance Standards;
  • With regard to the Performance Standards, submit a report annually to WISA by February 15 of each year, starting in 2014, describing the results for each Standard for the prior calendar year.

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