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Army's Badger Ammo cleanup plan approved by DNR

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SAUK COUNTY (WKOW) -- Department of Natural Resources officials have made a decision regarding the U.S. Army's clean-up plans at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo.

The DNR chose the Army's plan to excavate the contaminated soil found in the Final Creek, settling ponds and soils disposal area at Badger Ammo, and dispose of it in an approved landfill. 

In February, the DNR preliminarily determined it was the preferable alternative to the Army's alternative proposals: apply a binder to the contaminated area keeping contaminants in place, and do nothing.

"We are confident that excavating and landfilling the contaminated soils is the best choice of the Army's clean-up proposals for these areas," said Woody Myers, DNR Bureau of Remediation and Redevelopment team leader. "Keeping in mind the future use of the site as the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area this clean-up is protective of human health for even the most sensitive populations."

Public comment on the issue included concerns that hunters would find wild game from the area to be contaminated. The state Department of Health Services says consumption of game, like deer or other wild animals, from Badger Ammo does not present a health hazard.

The DNR is holding a public open house on June 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ruth Culver Library in Prairie du Sac, where people can learn more about the DNR's decision on the Army's cleanup plan.

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