Safe Water Around Badger
Weigand’s Bay South - Merrimac, WI
643-3124 - Fax (608) 643-0005
- Website: www.cswab.org
September 17, 2007
For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
Laura Olah, CSWAB (608)643-3124
Taint More Rural Wells near BAAP
Explosives contamination from the
closing Badger Army Ammunition Plant continues to plague groundwater in an area
extending from Weigand’s Bay in Merrimac to the Village of Prairie du
Sac. The detected explosive is dinitrotoluene (DNT), a suspected human
carcinogen that was used in the production of munitions at the closing military
This summer, in accordance with a
permit from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), the Army tested
groundwater and drinking water wells in neighboring rural areas including the
Windings of Wisconsin, Dam Heights,
Gruber’s Grove Bay,
Water’s Edge, and Weigand’s Bay. The results were released to
the public late last week.
In the town of Merrimac,
levels of DNT in groundwater at the plant boundary have exceeded safe drinking
water guidelines. A monitoring well located just west of Weigand’s
Bay detected total DNT concentrations at 0.182 parts per billion (ppb),
exceeding the health advisory level of 0.05 ppb. So far, the Army reports
that DNT has not been detected above safe levels in nearby farm family
Groundwater contamination is
emanating from the Deterrent Burning Grounds, a hazardous waste disposal site
that is more than 3,000 feet northwest of Weigand’s Bay. Groundwater
monitoring wells at the burning grounds recently detected total DNT at 5.14 ppb
which is more than 100 times the health advisory level of 0.05 ppb for drinking
The Army recently agreed to test
additional residential wells in the Weigand’s Bay area. Test
results for these homes are still pending.
In the Windings/Dam Heights area,
located in the rural town of Prairie du Sac, three (3) of the five drinking
water wells tested by the Army had low levels of the explosive DNT.
The highest concentration found
in a private well in this area was 0.035 parts per billion (ppb) which is below
the health advisory level of 0.05 ppb. According to the Wisconsin
Division of Health, total DNT concentrations below this level are considered
safe to drink and use.
Immediately south of Badger in
the town of Prairie du Sac, the Army reported low
levels of DNT in three (3) residential wells along Keller Road.
Nearby in the Gruber’s Grove neighborhood, the Army tested 2 drinking
water wells; 1 well had low levels of DNT. Contaminant
concentrations in all these wells are currently below safe drinking water guidelines.
The WDNR recently asked the Army
to test ten (10) additional wells located in both the Windings/Dam Heights and
Gruber’s Grove Bay
neighborhoods. Test results for these wells are also pending.
A new water well installed by the
Dairy Forage Research Center farm
for its cows had 2,6-DNT at 0.048 ppb, just below the groundwater standard of
0.05 ppb. The well is located inside Badger and west of the farm on U.S.
The Army will present additional
information at the upcoming public meeting of the Badger Restoration Advisory
Board. Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger (CSWAB) will be introducing
a resolution calling for additional private well testing, improved monitoring
of the Village of Prairie du Sac well #3, and the development of a contingency
plan that will assure safe drinking water now and in the future.
The public meeting will be held
at Badger Army Ammunition Plant on Monday, September 24, beginning at 6:30 pm.
Citizens for Safe
Water Around Badger
E12629 Weigand's Bay
Merrimac, WI 53561