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Milwaukee Toxic Sites and Pollution Sources

hazardous waste

351 — Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Hazardous waste colection site for household toxic materials. This includes kitchen and bathroom cleaners, oil based paints, paint thinners, varnish, automobile fluids (not motor oil), garden pesticides, rodent poisons, herbicides, pool chemicals, and photographic chemicals. This site will not accept munitions, batteries, medical waste or propane gas containers. Contact MMSD for a full list of accepted and non-accepted items. W124 N9451 Boundary Road in Menomonee Falls (Note: 124th Street becomes Boundary Road in north 9400 block). Call 414-255-6655.

noise pollution

352 — General Mitchell International Airport
Milwaukee's main airport currently handles about 440 commercial aircraft per day plus military aircraft. All compass directions are effected by noise as routes travel both north/south and east/west.

353 — Interstate Highway System
The Interstate Highway System — consisting mainly of Highways 94, 43 and 894 — is a continually growing source of noise pollution. Noise pollution levels are rising as automobile use increases, speed limits encourage faster driving, roadways deteriorate, and vehicle size and power increase. Many stretches of Milwaukee's freeways are surrounded by huge concrete sound barricades, often layered with tree plantings. Look for an undulating brick barrier — a more inventive alternative to concrete barricades — along I-43 north between Good Hope and Brown Deer Road.

officially listed contaminated sites

The Milwaukee Green Map shows nearly 500 R and R (Remediation and Redevelopment) sites which habe been identified by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) as medium to high priority. These site designations are dependont on the concentration of toxic materials found in the surrounding groundwater. If present and less than the Preventative Action Limit (PAL — a US EPA health standard), it is designated a medium priority. If greater than PAL standards a high priority listing is in order. Because the status of these projects is continually changing, it is difficult to indicate what action has been taken at the site. For clarity, these R and R sites are noted on the map as follows:

LUST (Leaking Underground Storage Tanks)

Toxic chemical spills, often removed but with remaining contamination

Sites polluted with high concentrations of solvents, heavy metal or other toxins leaking into groundwater

Landfilled or buried sites which are leaking toxins into groundwater.

Once called ERP sites, they are now considered potential real estate for redevelopment. For more information contact the WDNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program at 414-263-8300. Wisconsin has recently begun a Brownfields Location System Information System (BLSIS) with a federal grant program for site remediation and redevelopment. Call 414-266-7562.

air and water pollution sources

The Wisconsin DNR (call 608-264-6043) reported in 1996 that regulated industries released nearly 2,486,602 pounds of identified toxins into the air and water of Milwaukee County. According to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in 1995 some of these releases amounted to 827,220 pounds of known carcinogenic equivalents. See the excellent EDF web site with updated information including maps, or call 202-387-3500. The US EPA also lists an Envirofacts Warehouse Toxic Release Inventory.

superfund sites

Currently two National Priorities Listings (NPL) Superfund sites are located in Milwaukee. NPL sites are hazardous waste sites which are eligible for extensive, long-term cleanup actions under the Superfund program. They rank high in the EPA's Hazardous Ranking System (HRS) and pose a danger to public health. For more information about Superfund sites call the US EPA Region 5 at 800-621-8431.

354 — Fadrowski Drum Disposal
A 20-acre site, partially remediated and monitored. During 1993-94, 167 buried drums were removed, a 2.6 million gallon pond was drained, and more than 18,000 cubic yards of soil were consolidated. The site was capped and fenced with an on-site drainage system with monitoring wells. Final plans have not been determined. 6800 S 27th St. Call 800-621-8431.

355 — Moss-American / Kerr-McGee
Partially remediated site. During 1995-97 nearly 10,000 gallons of creosote and wastewater were removed from the site. Final cleanup will include an onsite groundwater management system and monitoring station. 8716 Granville Rd. Call 800-621-8431.

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