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Army Testing Confirms Mercury Still High in Lake Wisconsin: Public Meeting on July 27

In 2003, Gruber’s Grove Bay on Lake Wisconsin was placed on the federal list of Impaired Waters pursuant to the Clean Water Act.  Despite two previous dredging actions, the bay remains one of the most highly contaminated sediment sites in … Continue reading

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Defense Amendment Seeks Safe Disposal of Conventional Munitions Stockpile

A nationwide effort to assure the safe disposal of our nation’s conventional munitions stockpile is one step closer to achieving its goal.  The Senate approved an amendment to promote alternatives to open air burning and detonation of hazardous munitions wastes … Continue reading

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CSWAB Reports on Groundwater Conditions at Badger

This spring, the Army tested 126 groundwater monitoring wells and two residential wells at and near the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant. Following is a summary of the April 2016 results provided by the Army. RESIDENTIAL WELLS. Only two residential … Continue reading

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National Parks Unhappy with DNR Plan for Badger

The federal agency enabling the transfer of former Badger Army Ammunition Plant lands to the State of Wisconsin has cited dozens of deficiencies in its proposed land use plan. The May 3 letter from the National Park Service has prompted … Continue reading

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Cease Fire Campaign Pushes To End EPA Policy Allowing Open Burning Of Munitions

by Suzanne Yohannan, Superfund Report. A coalition of environmental, citizens and environmental justice groups is building a national campaign to urge EPA to require the use of alternative destruction technologies instead of open air burning and detonation (OB/OD) when disposing … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Will Not Share List of 200 TCE Sites

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality (MDEP) has declined our open records request for public disclosure of the list of approximately 200 TCE-contaminated sites that the state is planning to revisit to determine whether indoor air poses a risk of … Continue reading

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Public Meeting on Mercury Contamination Sought

Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger petitioned the Wisconsin DNR today for a public meeting to explain recent approvals pertaining to testing and modified cleanup goals for mercury contamination at Gruber’s Grove Bay on Lake Wisconsin. The bay is one … Continue reading

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Badger Recreation Potential Limited by Residual Contamination

Land uses that will disturb vegetation and allow direct contact with contaminated soils should be avoided in certain areas of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, according to public Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) records obtained by Citizens for Safe … Continue reading

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Ho-Chunk Nation Shares Plans for 2016 Field Season

The 2016 field season is shaping up to be a busy year on the Ho-Chunk Nation lands at the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant. Activities planned include continuing to monitor and inventory wildlife and forestry resources; invasive species management; and … Continue reading

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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