Cedar Creek Remediation

Community Meeting - February 20, 2014

In a continuing effort to keep the public informed of the environmental study being undertaken in Cedar Creek, a community meeting has been scheduled in February.

Richard Nagle of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Region 5, will provide an update on the Cedar Creek project and next steps in the regulatory process. In addition, Heather Williams from EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) will provide details about GLNPO and describe its potential involvement on Cedar Creek. Representatives from Mercury Marine (the company undertaking the study) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

Meeting Date: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cedarburg City Hall
W63 N645 Washington Avenue

Here is a link to the Agenda

For several years, Mercury Marine has worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and, more recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to study and remediate Cedar Creek in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Sediments and associated floodplain soils in certain parts of the Creek contain PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls. PCBs were widely used by industries in a variety of manufacturing processes before their use was banned in the 1970s. As was common practice at the time, Mercury Marine purchased and used hydraulic fluids containing PCBs as a fire retardant to protect employees at our former plant on St. John Avenue in Cedarburg. At some point, fluids containing PCBs entered municipal storm sewers from the hydraulic plant, which emptied into the Creek and flowed downstream.

Mercury Marine already has performed remediation activities in two sections of the Creek and completed a thorough remediation of its former manufacturing plant. Now, Mercury Marine is evaluating potential additional activities that may be performed along Cedar Creek. All of Mercury Marine's studies are performed with the oversight and approval of the EPA.