Badger Groundwater Contamination May Flow East of River

by Free Speech on April 26, 2013

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

 

 

For more than 20 years, the U.S. Army has assured area residents that water wells east of Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River are not vulnerable to groundwater contamination emanating from Badger Army Ammunition Plant.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources now says that this route of exposure is going to be investigated but cautions that there is no current or immediate risk to human health for residents on either side of the lake and river. 

Nonetheless, sampling of high capacity wells and residential wells located on the east side of the Wisconsin River near the Village of Prairie du Sac is justified, according to a professional consultant hired by Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger.

“The most effective manner of ensuring the health and safety of residents and consumers on the east side of the river is to collect and analyze groundwater samples,” said hydrogeologist Lori Huntoon.“It is recommended that groundwater from wells on the east side of the Wisconsin River be analyzed for VOCs, all isomers of DNT, metals, and arsenic, at a minimum. Wells evaluated should include irrigation, commercial, and residential wells.” 

CSWAB is recommending that requests for well testing be submitted in writing or by email to the U.S. Army at Badger Army Ammunition Plant.  Copies should be sent to the WDNR and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

The appropriate contacts are:

Joan Kenney, Installation Director, Badger Army Ammunition Plant, S7560 Highway 12, North Freedom, WI 53951 or joan.m.kenney@us.army.mil  

Will Myers, WI Department of Natural Resources, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, WI 53711 or Will.Myers@Wisconsin.gov 

Gregory Rudloff, USEPA Region 5, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Mail Code: LU-9J, Chicago, IL 60604-3507 or Rudloff.Gregory@epamail.epa.gov

A complete copy of Huntoon’s technical memo and a map of the Badger groundwater contaminant plumes are available online at www.cswab.org.

Laura Olah, Executive Director

Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger (CSWAB)

 

Laura Olah, Executive Director

Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger (CSWAB)

Merrimac, WI  53561

(608)643-3124

info@cswab.org

www.cswab.org

 

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