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Community meeting on groundwater contamination

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Residents on Madison's east side gathered Wednesday night to discuss plans to address groundwater and soil contamination near the Madison-Kipp Corporation.

State officials found cancer-causing contaminants just beyond the back yards of dozens of homes.

The meeting was held at 6:30 p.m. at Goodman Community Center on Waubesa Street.

Alderperson Marsha Rummel organized the meeting with representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and County Public Health Departments.

Residents affected by the Madison-Kipp Corporation contamination were able to ask the DNR questions about the clean up and investigation, many were unhappy with the speed of the process.

"I think it should be declared an emergency, this is obviously high levels, probably illegal levels of chemicals that are in our groundwater, in out air, exposing children and the neighborhood to these toxic levels of chemicals and it needs to dealt with immediately," said Craig Spaulding, who lives a block from the Madison Kipp Corporation.

But the DNR says they are in just one of many phases needed to investigate this complicated situation.

"We have a shallow operating disparaging system dealing with shallow groundwater, what we have in the scope of work right now is a requirement that the groundwater remediation system be expanded," said DNR official Mike Schmoller.

Those at the meeting also voiced concern over their involvement in the process and the scope of testing, which they say needs to be more extensive.

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