Riverside Park potential soil contamination to be discussed at meeting

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Wausau (WAOW) — A Parks and Recreation committee meeting on Monday will discuss findings and possible action on soil testing in Riverside Park, according to an official notice and agenda information published.

Last year, Wisconsin Department of Health Services conducted tests on the soil and determined the levels of contamination posed no health concerns for users of the park.

“Citizens for a Clean Wausau” disagreed with the findings and had it reviewed by “Center for Health, Environmental & Justice” according to agenda information.

“Citizens for a Clean Wausau,” a group of volunteers, claims they are “Inspired by environmental challenges and revelations pertaining to Wausau’s southwest side and the Thomas Street neighborhood.” That’s according to their website.

The DHS, in a letter sent to Parks and Recreation Chairperson Patrick Peckham February 7th, stuck to their original conclusions. DHS officials did state they recommend “further assessment of dioxin levels, location, and other characterizations to fully understand the potential health impact in the community,” according to the letter.

The meeting will be held at City Hall at 5:30 PM, in the council chambers.

For the full agenda and notice, published by the city, visit here.


Chase McNamara

Chase McNamara

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