Author Archives: Laura Olah

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Madison Audubon Comments on Rec Area Plan

  The Madison Audubon Society (MAS) has submitted formal comments to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board supporting much of the draft Master Plan for the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area (SPRA) but objecting to two proposed activities that contradict previous agreements … Continue reading


CSWAB Asks for Re-Testing of Residential Wells near Badger

CSWAB has asked the Wisconsin DNR to consider re-testing of residential wells near Badger Army Ammunition Plant given the annual sampling failed internal quality controls. In August and September of 2016, the Army tested 52 residential wells near Badger. Cloromethane … Continue reading


WDNR Keeps Motorcycles/Rockets in Badger Plan

Despite our best efforts,  the WDNR draft Master Plan for the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area still proposes dual-sport motorcycles and sport rocketry on the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant lands. These loud disruptive uses contradict the conservation goals for the … Continue reading


CSWAB Joins Opposition to Michigan’s First Gold Mine in Decades

A Canadian exploratory mining company recently cleared a major hurdle on its path to build a controversial open pit gold, zinc and copper mine next to a major river along the Michigan-Wisconsin border, according to a report from Michigan Live. … Continue reading


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