RAB Members Urge DNR To Take Action

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RESOLUTION SUPPORTING AN ENFORCEABLE PLAN OF ACTION IN RESPONSE TO EXCEEDANCES OF PREVENTIVE ACTION LIMITS IN GROUNDWATER AND DRINKING WATER WELLS IN AND NEAR BADGER ARMY AMMUNITION PLANT

October 16, 2006

WHEREAS, recent testing of private wells near the southeast corner of Badger Army Ammunition Plant confirms that at least 9 private drinking water wells are contaminated with dinitrotoluene, carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, and other toxic chemicals above the Preventive Action Limit; and,

WHEREAS, levels of dinitrotoluene have been detected in groundwater in the Water’s Edge neighborhood above Enforcement Standards; and,

WHEREAS, groundwater on the west side of Badger Army Ammunition Plant, near the Bluffview Community, has high levels of tricholoroethylene; and,

WHEREAS, dinitrotoluene has been detected in groundwater monitoring wells at Weigand’s Bay South (more than a mile from the Deterrent Burning Grounds) above the Preventative Action Limit; and,

WHEREAS, there are no groundwater monitoring wells in the vicinity of the Inspiration Drive neighborhood in the Town of Merrimac; and,

WHEREAS, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is required to commence efforts to maintain compliance with the state’s preventive action limits for groundwater; and,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVE
D, by the following members of the Badger Restoration Advisory Board, that the WDNR – together with input from health officials and community members – should develop an enforceable plan of action that will: (1) prevent exposure of residents and workers to groundwater contaminants, and (2) assure that groundwater resources are free of contamination and do not exceed Preventative Action Limits, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED
, that this enforceable plan of action should include: (1) immediate installation of additional groundwater monitoring wells to address current spatial deficiencies, (2) amending required groundwater and drinking water testing parameters to include high explosives and other potential site contaminants identified in hazardous waste manifests and other historical records, and (3) enforceable timelines.

Ken Lins, At Large Member
Ron Lins, Town of Prairie du Sac
Laura Olah, Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger
Mary Carol Solum, At Large Member
Richard Pfaff, Former BOW Council Representative
Lance Delaney, At Large Member
Bill Stehling, At Large Member
Charlie Wilhelm, At Large Member
Mary Jane Koch, At Large Member
Paul Herr, Town of Merrimac
William F. Wenzel, Village of Prairie du Sac
Judy Ashford, Sauk County Board
Michele Hopp, Village of Merrimac

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