2014 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:01:30 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE, NATURAL RESOURCES: CSWAB UPDATE: Consumption of Wild Edibles at Badger Discouraged

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From: "Laura Olah" <info@cswab.org>

Consumption of Wild Edibles at Badger Discouraged
The anticipated opening of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area to the public from April 12 to May 27 is exciting news for many however, we do have one word of caution. 
Over CSWAB’s objections, the evaluation and assessment of the human food chain – specifically consumption of plants from food gardens, wild edibles and medicinal plants – was not required by the WDNR in the establishment of soil remediation goals at Badger Army Ammunition Plant.  As a result, the potential risk to human health associated with this route of exposure has not been fully assessed.  
WDNR officials said that they believe the consumption of wild edibles at Badger is NOT a threat to public health and a more comprehensive answer is forthcoming.  However due to the lack of analysis for this specific activity, CSWAB is discouraging adults and children from gathering and consuming plants, particularly in areas that are known to have residual contamination in surface soils.
The principal example that we are aware of is the Settling Ponds, Final Creek and Spoils Disposal Area located near the southern boundary of the plant property.  A significant portion of this area is identified as open to the public in the 2014 Spring Access Map for gathering wild edibles such as mushrooms and berries.
The issue is an important one.  If adults and children are successful in gathering edible plants at Badger, it is reasonable to expect that this activity could be repeated over time constituting a potential chronic exposure – not unlike when someone finds a favorite fishing spot. 
For other activities suggested by the WDNR such as hiking, bird watching, biking, studying nature and taking photographs, the Army conducted cleanup with these anticipated activities in mind. Cleanup methods and goals for these low-impact recreational activities were reviewed by health officials, approved by the WDNR and deemed safe.
The WDNR 2014 Spring Access map for the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area is posted on our website at:
Laura Olah, Executive Director
Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger (CSWAB)
E12629 Weigand’s Bay South
Merrimac, WI  53561


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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