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DNR Requests That Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate Be Added to City’s Testing of 1300 Cleveland Ave.

In a June 11, 2021 letter, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conveyed to the City of Wausau that a broad analyte list is necessary to identify potential contamination at 1300 Cleveland Avenue given the historic practice of dumping hazardous substances at the site. The DNR requested that compounds associated with lacquers and varnishes, specifically bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, be included in …

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CCW Submits Comments to DNR on Proposed Testing Plans for 1300 Cleveland Ave. and Nearby 3M Rail Lots

Citizens for a Clean Wausau (CCW) submitted its comments to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regarding Site Investigation Work Plans recently submitted by the City of Wausau and 3M Company, and their consultants, for 1300 Cleveland Avenue and the nearby former CN/WCL railroad track lots, respectively. DNR BRRTS pages for each site at hand, with the work plans linked …

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Department of Health Services Provides Public Health Conclusions for 1300 Cleveland Avenue

5/6/21 Update: In a 4/30/21 communication, DHS clarified its earlier recommendation about gardening practices by specifying that “residents concerned about soil contamination can use raised bed gardening on their private property for growing fruits and vegetables.” An image of the communication can be viewed below: According to a letter from state health officials, Alderperson Patrick Peckham, who represents Wausau’s District …

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1974 Aerial Imagery of Industrial & Dump Sites on Wausau’s Southwest Side

Among sites of interest that can be viewed in the aerial photos are Connor Forest Industries, Crestline (later SNE and WAULECO), 3M Company (aka Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing), and 3M Company’s massive waste dump at the time – now better known as 3M Park. Imagery was flown April 26, 1974 and May 4, 1974 by Aero-Metric Engineering Inc of Sheboygan, …

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Harvard-Trained Toxicologist Gives Opinion on Cleveland Ave. Thallium Contamination

Prominent toxicologist, Stephen Lester, along with research associate, Mihir Vohra, evaluates Thallium soil contamination on Wausau’s southwest side From the evaluation and letter: “Although thallium can be detected in native soil as most heavy metals are, the levels of thallium found at the 1300 Cleveland Avenue site are above state and federal guideline values that warrant cleanup. This is particularly …

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Extremely Toxic Thallium Found in High Levels in Soil of Former Connor Property

City testing identifies numerous Thallium soil exceedances throughout property In July 2020, the Chair of the Wausau Economic Development, Alderperson Tom Neal, asked the District 3 alderperson if citizens had told him that they were afraid of 1300 Cleveland Avenue, part of the former Connor Forest Industries property, because they had heard that there was “poison there” in the soil. …

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Docs: 3M fill “used to fill the entire plant area” of the former Connor Property

DNR documents shed further light on the history of the property, which bordered Thomas St., Cleveland Ave., and other roadways. The City of Wausau recently rezoned a significant portion of it from industrial to residential. DNR documents indicate that the “entire plant area” of the former Connor Forest Industries (CFI) property was filled with 3M fill or roofing granules. 1980s …

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Docs: DNR Covertly Surveilled Connor Forest Industries on Thomas St. – 1982 Estimate Shows 90K+ Gallons Dumped at Property

Source: Wisconsin DNR and City of Wausau Through Open Records Requests by a Wausau Resident and Now CCW Volunteer Citizens for a Clean Wausau begins its series of documents related to the former Connor Forest Industries facility along Thomas Street and Cleveland Avenue The Planning Commission and the Wausau City Council recently rezoned 1300 Cleveland Avenue (formerly the Wausau Incubator …

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