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EPA Agrees to Investigate Radiological Releases from Open Burning/Detonation

CSWAB is pleased to report that EPA Headquarters in Washington DC has agreed to our request to include radiological wastes in two upcoming national reports on open air burning and open detonation (OB/OD) of munitions. “One (report) will present all … Continue reading


Is the U.S. Finally Ending the Toxic Practice of Burning Old Munitions in Open Pits?

By Daniel Ross /AlterNet By the year 2020, the U.S. is expected to have on its hands a growing stockpile of munitions nearing 1.1 million tons that are no longer considered useful to the military. As a means of disposal, these munitions, including … Continue reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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