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Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Site Evaluations of Health Hazards

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Staff at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, respond to all aspects of site evaluation including: health assessment and consultation, health education and risk communication, community involvement and health study.  Sites include National Priorities List (NPL) Superfund sites, brownfields, and other hazardous sites.  Staff provide assistance to the public as well as to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), local health departments, and private consultants.

The table below lists some of the sites in Wisconsin, as well as links to more information and reports on these sites.  If you can't find what you are looking for, try the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry website, where you can search for more sites.

To view more information about a site listed below, click on the open symbol sign next to it. Click on the close symbol to contract the list again.


  • Former Amcast Industrial Site, Cedarburg, Ozaukee County

  • About the Site

    The Amcast Industrial site is located in the township of Cedarburg, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. The Amcast project has been inactive for several years following the bankruptcy of the responsible party. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Amcast Industrial site for the National Priorities List (NPL) in April 2009. Also in Cedarburg is the Cedar Creek site.

  • Fact Sheets

    ATSDR ToxFAQs on polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

    US EPA website on Amcast

    US EPA website on Cedar Creek

  • Public Health Assessments and/or Health Consultations

    Wisconsin DPH Final Health Consultation (PDF, 422 KB, 20 pages)

  • DPH Contact Information

    Questions about the Amcast Health Consultation can be directed to Robert Thiboldeaux at robert.thiboldeaux@wi.gov

  • Ashland/Northern States Power Lakefront Site

  • Badger Army Ammunition Plant, Sauk County

  • About the Site

    The Badger Army Ammunition Plant (BAAP) is a large former industrial installation located in south-central Wisconsin, approximately 9 miles south of Baraboo and 30 miles northwest of Madison. The plant covers approximately 7,354 acres within Sumpter and Merrimac townships in Sauk County, Wisconsin. In 1942, the U.S. Department of Defense built BAAP for the production of nitrocellulose-based propellants used in rocket propelled artillery, cannon, and small arms shells. The Department of the Army is in the process of permanently closing the idle BAAP.

  • Public Health Assessments and/or Health Consultations

    Final Public Health Assessment Public Health Assessment May 1999

    Final Health Consultation: Dinitrotoluene in Private Wells (PDF, 1.1 MB, 32 pages)

  • Baraboo Ringling Riverfront Redevelopment Project, Sauk County

  • Burnham Canal, Milwaukee

  • About the Site

    The Burnham Canal is located in an industrial area in the southern portion of the Menomonee River Valley of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • Fish Advisory Signs

    DHS fish advisory signs for Burnham Canal (PDF, 198 KB, 1 page)

  • Public Health Assessments and/or Health Consultations

    Letter Health Consultation (PDF, 346 KB, 14 pages)

  • Other Agency Links

    US EPA website on Burnham Canal

  • Former DuPont Barksdale Works, Bayfield County

  • About the Site

    The former DuPont Barksdale Works is approximately 1,800 acres and is bordered to the southeast by Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay. From 1905 until 1971, the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (DuPont) made millions of pounds of explosives at the facility, which is located in the Town of Barksdale, Bayfield County. In 1971, DuPont closed the facility and most buildings were demolished, but little environmental cleanup was done. Contamination remains on and around the former DuPont Barksdale Works property.

  • Fact Sheets

    Wisconsin DPH Fact Sheet (PDF, 102 KB, 2 pages)

  • Public Health Assessments and/or Health Consultations

    Public Health Assessment - Public Comment Version (PDF, 608 KB, 36 pages)

  • Janesville, Wisconsin, Brownfield Redevelopment Project

  • About the Project

    The City of Janesville and the Rock County Health Department are collaborating to protect the health of Janesville residents and improve community health related to brownfields in Janesville.  Brownfields are properties the are, or have the potential to be, contaminated with hazardous substances.  The City of Janesville has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to inventory and investigate these types of properties around Janesville.  The Rock County Health Department has received a grant from the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to ensure that community health issues are used as a driver in the revitalization of Janesville.

  • For More Information

    City of Janesville website on Brownfields

    Rock County Health Department (Re)Energize! Janesville website

  • Lower Fox River and Green Bay

  • Town of Jackson Pipeline Spill

  • Keyes Lake, Florence County

  • Kinnickinnic River, Milwaukee

  • Lincoln Park and Milwaukee River PCB and PAH Contamination

  • Madison Area Manganese in Public Drinking Water

  • About the Site

    In 2005, a number of Madison citizens expressed concerns about discolored drinking water and whether it was a health concern, particularly when the Madison Water Utility found elevated levels of manganese in a few water samples. In 2006, more extensive water testing indicated a relationship between discolored drinking water and elevated manganese levels. On August 15, 2006, Dane County and the City of Madison requested assistance from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to evaluate the human health implications of elevated levels of naturally occurring manganese in the City of Madison municipal drinking water system.

  • Fact Sheets

    Wisconsin DHS Fact Sheet on Manganese (PDF, 67 KB, 2 pages)

  • Other Agency Links

    City of Madison Manganese in Water website

  • Milwaukee 30th Street Corridor Redevelopment Project

 


What are the purposes of the Public Health Assessment (PHA) or Health Consultation (HC)?

Public health assessment (PHA) and Health Consultation (HC) documents are intended to identify health hazards, address community health concerns, and recommend actions to reduce unhealthy exposures at ongoing chemical contamination sites.  An overview of the PHA process is available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

How do I write and submit a "public comment" to a PHA or HC?

Email, send or fax us your written comments, questions for clarification, and  suggestions on any of the PHA or HC Public Comment Version reports above.  Tell us which PHA or HC you are commenting on, and let us know which section or page you are referring to in your comments.  Your suggestions and ideas are vital to the communication process.

Where do I send my comments to a PHA or HC?

Unless specifically noted under a site's information above, written comments on the PHA and HC reports can be sent by mail, faxed or e-mailed to:

Superfund Section - Comments on PHA and HC Reports
Wisconsin Division of Public Health
Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI  53701-2659

fax: (608) 267-4853
telephone: (608) 266-1120

DHSEnvHealth@wi.gov

 

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Last Revised:  September 04, 2014