Soil cleanup to continue on former HVC property

Mitigation will remove contamination from vacant lot near Milwaukee Street
Ozaukee Press Staff

Work will continue this summer on mitigating soil contamination near South Milwaukee Street and Stoney Creek Lane in Fredonia, although residents will likely not notice.

The contamination stems from the use of trichloroethylene, or TCE, at the former HVC site at the corner of Industrial Drive and South Milwaukee Street. The contamination area on the now-vacant lot extends east about one block and northwest to Stoney Creek Lane and the Wisconsin Central Limited Railroad tracks.

TCE is a  common industrial cleaner and degreasing agent found in paints, paint removers, adhesives, carpet cleaners and dry-cleaning solutions. It has been linked to possible development of Parkinson’s disease.

According to a letter to residents from the Phillips-Medisize, the current site owner,  three carbon barriers will be installed across the contaminated area this summer as well as a half dozen or more barriers on the old HVC property to remove TCE at the source. 

“This technology is designed to bring the TCE to acceptable levels ... in approximately three years and to substantially remove the TCE within seven years,” the letter states.

Village Public Works Director Roger Strohm said there is no danger to residents.

“There is no effect” on residents, he said. “Village water is from a different aquifer. “

Strohm said “a couple homes” have shown evidence of TCE gas emanating from the ground, but ventilation systems, similar to those used to eliminate radon gas, were installed.

Phillips-Medisize discovered the issue after it bought HVC and began the cleanup process in 2010.

In 2017, the contamination was found to be more extensive than originally believed.That slowed development of a subdivision in the area, Strohm said.

Installation of the barriers will be complete in September, Strohm said.

Residents will be largely unaware of the cleanup work, he said.

“There will be a minor effect on traffic, but less impact than water or sewer main construction,” he said.

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