Author Archives: Laura Olah

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Open Burning

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Trail Survey Results Favor Badger Reuse Plan and Low-Impact Recreation

The majority of survey respondents support pedestrians, bicyclists and cross-country skiers as the primary users of the proposed Great Sauk Trail which will connect the villages of Sauk City and Prairie du Sac to the southern part of Devil’s Lake … Continue reading

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DNR Should Keep Its Promise

Imagine a quiet landscape at the base of the Baraboo Hills where you can hear the rare song of the Henslow’s sparrow, view an eagle soaring overhead, and listen to the rustle of thousands of acres of prairie grasses. This … Continue reading