Wisconsin environmental authorities are seeking the public’s help in tracking down the source of illegal paint dumping in two northwestern counties.
|Officials with Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources say they act quickly to clean up illegal dumps. In July, the agency used prison crews to clean up 2,000 pounds of trash dumped in Swan Lake Wildlife Area.|
Paints, coatings and solvent wastes were dumped Sept. 4 or 5 on private and public lands in four towns, spokesmen for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources told reporters.
"The quantity that we got is of concern," Tom Krsnich, administrator of the DNR's environmental crimes investigation unit¸ told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. "It's a lot more than you or I would have in our garages."
The one- and five-gallon containers were dumped in ditches, fields and woodlands. Some of the material dated to the 1990s, Krsnich told the newspaper.
"Most of them contained quite a bit [of] material, and a lot of it was quite dated," said Krsnich.
The hazardous wastes posed a health risk to people, wildlife and groundwater, but DNR had the mess cleaned up within a day or two after it was discovered, Krsnich said. Crews had to remove soil from one of the locations.
Still, there may be more containers out there, and the culprit may face a charge of illegal hazardous waste disposal, Krsnich said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Wisconsin DNR Tip Line at 1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-847-9367). Calls are confidential.