ASK QUESTIONS/COMMENT – WASTE MANAGEMENT LANDFILL EXPANSION/EPA SUPERFUND SITE EXHUMATION

Waste Management of Wisconsin proposes to expand its Menomonee Falls landfill. The land it wants to use was formerly a toxic waste dump. It is currently a Superfund site, sealed off to protect human health and the environment. Superfund sites are overseen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In order to complete the expansion, the toxic waste would need to be dug up. Some are concerned that dangerous chemicals could be released into the air, soil, and water during the process.

WHAT IF I MISSED THE PUBLIC HEARING?

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently held a public hearing on the matter.

If you couldn’t attend, you can still submit your comments or ask questions through June 1, 2021 (previously 5/28 but extended). Here’s how:

  • Use our ACT tool to send your remarks or questions to the DNR, EPA, and Senator Tammy Baldwin all at once by visiting our landfill ACT page. [preferred]
  • Or, you can provide your questions or comments only to DNR.
    • Email: David.Buser@wisconsin.gov
    • Write to: David Buser, Department of Natural Resources, 2300 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53212

All written comments received or postmarked by May 28 will be given the same weight as oral testimony during the public hearing. DNR will issue a response to testimony and comments in writing at a later date.

If you do submit written comments, please consider sharing it with us so that we can begin to create a record.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN AS A RESULT OF PUBLIC COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS?

Depending on the outcome of its review, DNR could outright reject the proposal, deny Waste Management of Wisconsin’s requests for exemptions to current law, or require additional study by the EPA.

ARE WE CONCERNED MOST ABOUT THE LANDFILL EXPANSION OR DIGGING UP THE SUPERFUND SITE IN ORDER TO EXPAND?

Please consider that the primary issue is not the expansion itself, rather the EPA Superfund site that Waste Management requests to disturb and the impact of its exhumation on human and environmental health. We want to ensure our community and the surrounding municipalities are not harmed by the proposed plan.

PURPOSE OF THE PUBLIC HEARING

The purpose of the hearing was for DNR to hear oral testimony from people on the proposed expansion.

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