Wausau City Council Approves Access for CCW to Test Park

After a year and a half of community concern and deliberation at City Hall regarding Riverside Park, on Tuesday, October 22, the Wausau City Council approved the request of Citizens for a Clean Wausau (CCW) for access to the park to take soil samples and analyze them for dioxins and furans. Results from 2006 private soil samples near a culvert …

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37% of Taxpayer-Funded Park Testing Would Not Go to Soil Testing

A proposal which the City may present as a compromise plan now includes only 3 samples (50% of limited samples taken) which may be relevant to the primary concern expressed by the community and council members — the runoff zone near the park’s southern forest. A map of revised boring locations for today’s meeting now show that 50% of them …

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Citizens for a Clean Wausau Submits Comments to DNR on WAULECO Remediation

Today’s comments urge environmental regulators to add extensive on-site excavation and an off-site pump and treat system to WAULECO’s remediation efforts The DNR is currently reviewing WAULECO’s Remedial Action Alternatives Plan for the next phase of the Thomas Street neighborhood’s groundwater remediation effort. The neighborhood’s groundwater was highly contaminated by pentachlorophenol after decades of its use at the Crestline and …

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1980s Records Show TCE and PCE in Water at Specific Locations

Sample files from the UW archives of the office of Congressman David Obey show TCE and PCE contamination in water at specific locations in Wausau in the 1980s. The records suggest that Wausau residents were potentially drinking contaminated water for years before the issue was resolved. The files can be viewed embedded below or directly accessed and downloaded through the …

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City’s Consulting Firm Had WAULECO’s Dioxin Results in 2007

In a March 9, 2017, Capital Improvements and Street Maintenance Committee meeting, a resident asked the environmental consultant from AECOM (formerly Earth Tech) what kind of dioxin problem WAULECO had in the past. The consultant responded that it was not dioxin, but pentachlorophenol. However, a 2007 letter sent to the consulting firm regarding Thomas Street Construction from WAULECO’s consultant RMT …

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Wausau Farmers Market: 2009 Health Consultation for Arsenic in Soil

While the assessment from Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH) concluded that the levels of arsenic in the area used for the farmers market are not expected to harm people’s health due to the interim measure of clean gravel fill covering the un-vegetated portion of the site, it could “not conclude whether or not people could have been harmed in …

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1988 Civil Action Naming Wausau Chemical, City of Wausau, Others

Regarding the contamination of Wausau’s drinking water supply in the 1980s. Civil Action in the Western District Court naming Wausau Chemical, the City of Wausau, and others as defendants. “Analysis of water samples taken from various taps within the City of Wausau have shown evidence of contamination with hazardous substances including PCE.” The contamination resulted in a Wausau Superfund site …

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CCW Presentation Given at City Hall on July 23, 2019

Note: The full video of CCW’s presentation at City Hall is now available online through public access and can be viewed here: Citizens for a Clean Wausau presented goals, suggestions, and documentation to the Wausau Parks & Recreation Committee on July 23, 2019. The presentation slides are embedded below. The PDF of the presentation slides can be download here.

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Major Release of Connor Forest Industries DNR Docs to Public

City now says it will not do the environmental studies on the former Connor property it told the community it would do earlier this year. Mayor calls concerns about past Connor contamination “much ado about nothing.” Connor Forest Industries (CFI), at 131 W Thomas Street and along Cleveland Avenue in Wausau, was a known dump and buried waste site that …

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Environmental Justice in Wausau: Part I

According to EPA data, 46% of residents within one mile of the contaminated WAULECO site on Thomas Street live below the poverty level. WAULECO is a subsidiary of Sentry Insurance. Sentry’s earned premiums in 2017 grew by $169 million to $2.8 billion.1 What is Environmental Justice? Environmental Justice policies and initiatives are meant to ensure that communities of color and …

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