Author Archives: Laura Olah

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USDA: Non-Invasive Rec Should be Priority at Badger

USDA officials say that they are supportive of most aspects of the Draft Master Plan for the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area but have concerns about certain recreational uses that will negatively affect the mission and activities at its Dairy Forage … Continue reading

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Open Air Burning of Munitions is Obsolete and Dangerous

A national coalition of 29 organizations is supporting Louisiana residents in their fight to end open air burning of hazardous explosive waste in the town of Colfax. In formal comments submitted to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality today, the … Continue reading

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Potential Explosives Contamination Needs Better Follow-up

CSWAB is calling for prompt re-testing of all drinking water wells in a rural neighborhood near the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant. The action follows the Army’s recent announcement that very low levels of the explosive DNT have been detected … Continue reading

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State Legislators Ask DNR to Act on CSWAB Petition

State Representative Dave Considine and State Senator Jon Erpenbach have submitted a formal inquiry to the Wisconsin DNR asking for a response to a citizen petition concerning degradation products of Dinitrotoluene (DNT), an explosive used in manufacturing at the former … Continue reading

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Public Meeting on Groundwater Quality near Badger

The U.S. Army is hosting a public informational meeting on groundwater quality at Badger Army Ammunition Plant on Tuesday November 17 beginning at 6 pm in the Sauk Library basement. The Army has installed 11 new groundwater monitoring wells near … Continue reading

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Groups Want Conservation Prioritized at Badger

A broad coalition of 26 conservation, hunting, social justice and environmental organizations has issued a joint letter to the Wisconsin DNR urging the agency to prioritize conservation and nature-based recreation in its pending land use plan for the Sauk Prairie … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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