(1/31/12) The state D-N-R says it will consider granting a permit for a sand-mining project in western Wisconsin that might kill a small number of endangered moths. The agency is taking public comments on the project through February 19th. The Uni-min Corporation wants to open the sand-mine near Tunnel City in Monroe County. A small part of the site is a habitat for the endangered phlox moth, but the D-N-R says the company plans to preserve-and-enhance a habitat on part of its proposed mining site. And officials say the mine will probably not affect the overall recovery prospects for the phlox moth within the state.