|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Mon, 19 May 1997 08:45:52 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||FT. McCOY DEED RESTRICTIONS|
The following press release from activists in Wisconsin highlights public concern over the reported use of deed restrictions as a substitute for remediation. LS Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger E12629 Weigand's Bay South Merrimac, WI 53561 Citizens for Responsible Fort McCoy Growth Route 4, Box 290A Sparta, WI 54656 For Immediate Release For more information, contact: Dick Smith, Citizens for Responsible Fort McCoy Growth, (608) 269-2694 Laura Olah, Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger, (608) 643-3124 Robert J Egan, USEPA, (312) 886-6212 May 4, 1997 PUBLIC HEARING ON FORT MCCOY CLEANUP ANNOUNCED SPARTA On May 1, in response to pollution at nearly a dozen sites at Fort McCoy, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal that would also place deed restrictions on private property and drinking water resources near Fort McCoy instead of requiring cleanup of contaminated groundwater at the facility -- a proposal drawing sharp criticism from the environmental community. "Instead of requiring cleanup, the EPA intends to restrict land and groundwater use," said Laura Olah, Executive Director of Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger, an environmental group tracking pollution from the military. "There are no timelines for compliance. We have no way of knowing if groundwater standards will ever be met." As part of their application for a hazardous waste storage facility, the EPA required Fort McCoy to conduct a facility-wide environmental investigation beginning in 1991. The study identified 11 disposal sites, known as solid waste management units (SWMU's) including six closed landfills, two fire training burning pits, a former pesticide disposal area, and two explosive ordnance disposal areas. Over the years, contaminants from these sites have migrated through the soils and have impacted groundwater. Groundwater flowing beneath Landfill #7, located near Squaw Creek, a tributary of the LaCrosse River, is contaminated with arsenic levels as high as 143 parts per billion (ppb), surpassing the groundwater limit of 50 ppb. At Landfill #8, located near the Fort's western boundary and just west of the LaCrosse river, the Army reported lead levels at 1,250 ppb, far exceeding Wisconsin's Enforcement Standard of 15 (ppb). In fact, at 9 out of 10 areas studied at Fort McCoy, the levels of lead found in groundwater exceeded enforceable standards. "Fencing off land and restricting groundwater usage is not cleanup," added Dick Smith of Citizens for Responsible Fort McCoy Growth, a coalition of residents living near the Army base. If small businesses and private citizens have to comply with our State's groundwater standards, so should the U.S. Army." The EPA's public hearing is scheduled for June 3, 1997 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tomah High School Cafeteria. The public comment period is open now and will extend until June 16, 1997.
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