Wausau Homeowners Concerned over Contamination Notices

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Imagine living happily in your home for years and one day finding out you've had toxic water right under your property entire time. That's what homeowners living near the former Holtz-Krause landfill in Wausau were told Monday night,

"We received a very think packet, a letter and it was all legal jargon and we didn't understand it and you know and you just stick it in a drawer,” Explained affected property owner, Karen Aninsley-Duncan.

She says she received a notice last September, but it wasn't until this week that she understood exactly what it all meant.

The homeowners say to make this worse, they've learned that if they'll go to sell their homes they have to tell any interested buyer about the fading chemicals under their property.

The Department of Natural Resources and the State Health Department called the meeting to explain to residents that they're all living one-hundred feet above contaminated water.

“We're very angry and we've just started,” explained Aninsley-Duncan.

The affected property owners say they are on a statewide registry that requires homeowners to inform buyers of fading chemicals near their properties.

"It's the fact that we have to say now our land is contaminated and if you say that nobody's going to look at your house,” She said should she decide to sell.

The agency says in the future they're making clear communication a top priority.

Don Goretski has been living in his home for 72 years, and said he had no idea.

"Oh it's shocking . It's the same question everybody asks, where do you go from here?” he asks.

Don explained the contamination doesn't just stop at his street. He showed NewsChannel 7 a map sent to him by the city that shows the chemicals extend past the curling center and across Grand Avenue.

However, the DNR announced last month the former landfill is clean and ready for reuse. They plan to build a sports complex with fifteen fields and other amenities.

The DNR stresses that the contaminated water is completely harmless, because it's 100 feet underground.


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