At the last Goodhue County planning commission meeting, there was some talk about the dangers of silica dust. The main question seemed to be, “How dangerous is this dust, really?” After some discussion, the answer was, “This isn’t our problem. Let someone else worry about it.”
Silica dust is a known carcinogen. It also causes a disease called silicosis.
A Red Wing woman, who lost her husband to this disease, describes how it killed him in this interview.