2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2012 14:14:26 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] GROUNDWATER: Future treatment debated at Badger Ammo Plant (WI)
Badger water plan under review

By Tim Damos
Baraboo News Republic (WI)
January 9, 2012

State groundwater experts are reviewing a revised version of the U.S. Army's long-term solution to groundwater contamination at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant south of Baraboo.


The Army said the best - and cheapest - option would be to construct a public water system for residents who live near the plant and phase out a groundwater treatment system. As part of that plan, the Army would then continue to monitor contaminants with the expectation that they will naturally break down in the environment and vanish by 2040.

But the state DNR rejected the proposal, saying installation of a public water system may mitigate human health risks, but would not meet statutory requirements for restoring the environment.

The DNR said it would not authorize shutdown of the pump and treat system unless the Army could provide additional evidence that contaminants would naturally breakdown enough to sufficiently restore groundwater. The state agency asked that the Army resubmit its plan.



For the entire article, see
http://www.wiscnews.com/baraboonewsrepublic/news/ article_10beedb2-3ae1-11e1-b06b-001871e3ce6c.html


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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