Proposal for Ashland Lakefront Project submitted to EPA and Wis. DNR

By KBJR News 1

Proposal for Ashland Lakefront Project submitted to EPA and Wis. DNR

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM CST

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Plans for the Ashland Lakefront Project have now been submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The submitted plans outline remediation methods to remove and treat soil and groundwater in the Upper Bluff, filled ravine and filled lakebed of the site.

According to NSP-Wisconsin, an Xcel Energy company, these areas were impacted by multiple industrial and municipal activities over the past century that has contaminated portions of the Ashland Lakefront Site.

“This plan was developed in consultation with the EPA and WDNR over the last two years on how to safely remove and treat soils and groundwater in the area while minimizing impacts to the community and nearby residents,” said David Donovan, project manager, NSP-Wisconsin. “We have heard consistently from the community that they would like to move this project forward. With timely approvals from the regulatory agencies, and coordination with the City, the primary construction work can be completed in 2014.”

Company officials say the primary construction work includes the installation of a containment wall around what is referred to as the “Kreher Park area” and excavation and thermal treatment of highly impacted soils.

In addition, the plan will be coordinated to support a wet dredge pilot test of the near shore sediments this fall. Work in 2015 will include restoring the area for future use and construction of a groundwater recovery pump-and-treat system.

NSP-Wisconsin is planning a series of public meetings in the coming weeks to discuss the project and answer any questions residents in the area may have.

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