On Thursday, July 25th, Craig Spaulding, resident of the Atwood neighborhood, and Dan Melton, President of the Atwood Neighborhood Association, joined our host Tony Castaneda on the 8 O’Clock Buzz to discuss the Madison Kipp Corporation’s concerning environmental practices.
Kipp Corp. has long been a local producer of aluminum die casts. Now, however, the chemicals they are using could contaminate the soil around residential neighborhoods such as Atwood. The Tetrachloroethylene or PCE (commonly known as the dry-cleaning chemical) from cleaning their aluminum is being put into a tank right next to the bike path. Instead of the vents to this tank pointing up, the correct way, they are pointing down – which causes chemicals to infiltrate the soil.
Atwood neighborhood has recently been growing, despite this danger. Both Melton and Spaulding stressed that they don’t want to get rid of the factory and the jobs it provides; they just want to limit the pollution and stop the increasing toxicity of their backyards.
According to the DNR, the Kipp Corporation is ordered to begin cleaning up the contaminated soil. See video by Craig Spaulding below.