The federal government and state have negotiated a proposed cleanup settlement for part of Ashland’s waterfront that has been contaminated with coal tar for more than a century.
Last week, I took off from the tumult of Madison for a few days to talk to undergraduate journalism students at Indiana University. But the best part was my unofficial Toxic Tour of Bloomington, led by Steve Higgs, the IU lecturer who brought me out there.
The Kabasas, whose home is surrounded by a Superfund site with century-old pollution, are divided on whether to worry about it.
Millions of gallons of contaminated groundwater and thousands of gallons of gooey black coal tar lie underneath Ashland’s downtown waterfront. It is by far the thorniest cleanup of an old manufactured gas plant in Wisconsin — both because of the difficulty in cleaning it up, and in finding someone to pay for it.