Wood waste-burning soil-sampling study

  • What was the goal of the investigation summarized in this report?

    The WDNR requested soil-sampling be performed near the Wauleco site at 125 E. Rosecrans in Wausau. The investigation would determine whether wood waste-burning performed nearly 50 years earlier resulted in elevated dioxin levels in the soil nearby, and if those dioxin levels exceeded state standards.


  • What key information should readers take away from this report?

    The soil-sampling study concluded that historic wood waste-burning practices at the Wauleco site did not generate contaminants that exceeded state standards. The WDNR was satisfied with the study.


  • Why is this report relevant?

    The study revealed that sources of dioxins and furans were greatest along a former railroad corridor now owned by the City of Wausau and in an alley upwind of Wauleco, rather than coming from the Wauleco site.

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