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Holston smoke from open burning

EPA Asked About PCBs and Asbestos Testing at Holston Ammo Plant

CSWAB has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine if contaminants discovered  at the former Badger munitions site in Wisconsin could also be present at Tennessee’s Holston Army Ammunition Plant near Kingsport. In a July 20 letter to … Continue reading


CSWAB Petitions WDNR for Guidance on Explosives in Drinking Water

Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger (CSWAB) petitioned the Wisconsin DNR today to establish drinking water Health Advisory Levels for 17 break-down products of the explosive compound Dinitrotoluene (DNT). Classified by EPA as a probable human carcinogen, DNT has affected … Continue reading


No Open Burn at Camp Minden

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the Louisiana Military Department’s recommendation to use a type of incinerator (Contained Burn System) to dispose of 15 million pounds of M6 propellant and 320,000 pounds of Clean Burning Igniter at Camp Minden. … Continue reading


Army Apologizes to Troops Exposed to US-Designed Chemical Weapons in Iraq

After it was reported that more than 600 service members suffered from chemical exposure in Iraq, the undersecretary of the Army issued an apology this week. The scandal goes deeper with its lack of proper medical treatment for these service … Continue reading


CSWAB Responds to New Groundwater Data

Recently-released test results reveal that old hazardous waste disposal sites inside Badger Army Ammunition Plant are continuing to impact groundwater, prompting area residents to ask for a more proactive approach to cleanup and improved public outreach. Citizens for Safe Water … Continue reading


CSWAB Organizes National Opposition to Munitions Burn

A broad coalition of 71 social and environmental justice organizations from across the U.S. is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop the proposed open air burning of 15 million pounds of abandoned M6 propellants at Camp Minden, … Continue reading


Baldwin Gains Land Transfer to Ho-Chunk Nation

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced today that a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act will transfer 1,553 acres of former Badger Army Ammunition Plant lands to the Ho-Chunk Nation for prairie and grazing. The bill was passed by the … Continue reading


CSWAB Joins Call for Federal Protection of Monarchs

In the face of staggering declines of monarch butterflies, CSWAB has joined leading monarch scientists and ecologists and more than 200 organizations and businesses in urging Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to protect Monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species … Continue reading


DNR Works with CSWAB to Improve Community Involvement in Cleanup

The Wisconsin DNR has provided a written response to a series of questions posed by CSWAB following a public meeting on groundwater conditions near the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant earlier this year. The questions covered a wide range of … Continue reading


Madison Audubon Society Calls for Protection of Badger Grasslands

The Madison Audubon Society has written a letter urging the National Park Service to require the Wisconsin DNR to honor its agreement and conserve former Badger Army Ammunition Plan lands for grassland bird habitat and only low-impact recreation. The DNR … Continue reading