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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

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Open Air Burning of Munitions is Obsolete and Dangerous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