WI: Federal officials want more data on contamination, cleanup for Oscar Mayer site bus barn

Federal transit authorities are asking for more information about hazardous materials at part of the former Oscar Mayer plant that the city of Madison wants to use as a bus garage.

Oct. 4--Federal transit authorities are asking for more information about hazardous materials at part of the former Oscar Mayer plant that the city of Madison wants to use as a bus garage. 

The Federal Transit Administration, which is funding the project, says it is re-evaluating an exemption from the environmental review process amid concerns that the city downplayed the extent of contamination from a century of industrial activity, which included burning coal and manufacturing plastics and pesticides.

The city, which has approved plans to guide up to $300 million in redevelopment around the 72-acre Oscar Mayer campus, is seeking to buy the northern 15 acres of the property, including two buildings, to store buses for a proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and relieve crowding at the East Washington garage...

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Ken Notes: Here is a perfect example of using government to promote a NIMBY reaction to what may be best use of a facility...



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