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Garys Corner of Tosa

Since moving to the 4th district in 1998 my wife and I have witnessed many big changes in our neighborhood. More big changes loom over us and I will be writing about them here.

Has Grede Liberty Foundry confessed they stink? Or is the Odor cover up chemicals a punishment for complaining?

Has Grede Liberty Foundry at 6432 W. State Street confessed to being a stinker?  If not why are they spraying a chemical product into the air to hide its pollution odors?  Spray jets ring the rim of a emissions stack spraying it high into the air.  You and I know emission stacks as smoke stacks.  During the warmer weather the pollution that comes from this stack is invisible as fumes, gases, and maybe we can call them mists.  In the winter you can see the huge volumes of vapor coming from this stack under pressure.

Why are they spraying again?  Why now?  Who's behind it?  The EPA or WDNR?  Did my complaints to US Senator Kohl and Congressman Sensenbrenner lead to this unwanted frivolous attempt to deal with the foundries pollution problem?  Is it a punishment?  Who are they punishing?

The EPA is claiming the WDNR has done air pollution monitoring near my residence, and Senator Kohl, and Congressman Sensenbrenner in letters to me tell me so as if they believe it true.  I called the WDNR inspector and his supervisor last week asking what monitoring they did.  I did get a email response.  I will add it to the end of this blog if you need proof.  The tests were done in 2001 and 2002.  Nine and ten years ago.

 As I understand it a plastic bag about the size of a half gallon ziplock baggy is filled with air using a squeeze bottle like you use for blood pressure tests.  It must take like 15-30 seconds to fill I'm guessing.  George Bollweg of the EPA Region 5 Air Toxic  Department tells me one of those tests was done shortly after I phoned in a complaint to the WDNR.  But that was 9 or 10 years ago.

George also says the EPA doesn't know if the air is safe to breath here.  It's been my understanding from talking to him that 1st you have to know what chemicals are coming out of the foundry to test for them.  It was also my understanding that testing couldn't be done because of a problem with Wisconsin's "Emissions Inventory".  My understanding of it was from speaking to George that the EPA did not know what chemicals came from the foundry as air pollution emissions so they couldn't test for them.  I had asked for them because I'd always thought it was the most important thing to know regarding all this and to warn people about.  But now, now after speaking to George yesterday the problem with the "Emissions Inventory" in Wisconsin is some how only confined to air pollution computer modeling?  So does that mean Region 5 Air enforcement division knows what chemical pollution comes from the foundry, but the computer modelers who figure out the dispersion of the pollution can't get or use that knowledge like the enforcement dept.?  Or does only the WDNR know what chemicals to test for?

It's my under standing monitoring is process usually involving automated machines that take samples on a set schedule.  Who can claim a baggy or two of air that small representing a fraction of a 24 hr work day in a almost 61/2 day work week can mean anything.   

The WDNR offices are over 6 miles away in a straight line.  Wind condition and the work at Grede can change by the time a WDNR engineer can arrive here.  The foundry as I understand it does not have the same amount of work everyday.  The pollution contants and amounts blowing down wind depends on if molten iron is pouring into sand cores at the moment or are they done pouring and the pollution (emissions) are less as the casting cools and off gasses as they call it. 

When they are mixing sand with binding chemicals that's a different pollution and has its own off gassing of pollution and its odors which are far different from the burning chemicals during the pouring.  I believe many days these steps are done almost one at a time as you can smell one source a a time.  And when they are busy these steps over lap so you smell ammonia type emissions, the strong acidic burnt emissions followed by the the burnt less and less as they cool, followed again by ammonia, or the cat urine smell, and the heavy emissions all over again on and on through day and night along with the almost never ending noise.

Can you really see a 30 second sample of air an hour, or even 30 minutes after the heavy emissions are done isn't a useful measurement compared to a whole day, or weeks worth of emissions. 

So why is the EPA trying to pawn these 9 and 10 year old tests off as evidence in a Congressional Inquiry?  Did the EPA region 5 office bother to ask the WDNR the what, when, and how's of the testing or so called Air Monitoring? 

Did Congressman Sensenbrenner, and US Senator Kohl or their staff know the tests being referred too were 9 years old?  I asked the staff of both elected officials that question today.  Do you think is the EPA allowed themselves to be mislead by not asking anything about the tests?  Did they do it before?  The EPA was going to do 4 weeks of air monitoring here moving a mobile monitoring station down wind as the winds changed.  But as I was told the WDNR informed the Region 5 EPA they the WDNR already collected air monitoring data.  The EPA monitoring was concealed.  It took months to find out the data came from a monitoring machine in the parking lot at the Milw WDNR headquarters 6 miles away from the foundry.  How could that data from so far away have anything to do with living conditions in our valley with its 50 foot bluffs?

The then Administrator of EPA Region 5 said he only knew the WDNR had data but claimed he didn't know what the data was nor how or where it was collected.  Sounds like hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.  What the congressman and senator doesn't know can't hurt them, just us.  Are they being played like fools by the EPA being led to false conclusions. 

One of Senator Kohl's Wash DC staffers is friends with a neighbor who was one of more than 100 persons who signed a petition asking the EPA to do something about the foundry even if it meant closing the foundry.  That neighbor said she'd email the friend in DC regarding the conditions here.  Senator Kohl did you hear from that staff person?  Senator Kohl do you even know of my complaint?  How about you Congressman Sensenbrenner?  Don't either of you care about us?

Last week Thursday I went round and round with Senator Kohl's Madison staff on the phone and got no questions answered.  Well that evening while out in my shop Wauwatosa City Attorney Alan Kesner was riding around in circles on our street.  I do kind of look over my shoulder because of all this and I saw a suspicious character on a bike.  The second time he drove by I saw it was him.  Gosh I don't know why he didn't stop and say hi.  Alan maybe you read my blog, and you came to sniff the pollution for yourself or was it to look at the apartment development across the street?  Maybe Senator Kohl called Mayor Didier offering a solution to the foundry pollution.  I hope Grede doesn't increase the concentration of the odor cover upper stuff.  That's a punishment not a solution.  Maybe it's a punishment for complaining?  Don't blame me folks blame Grede.

Hi Gary,
 
You recently inquired about WDNR air monitoring and air sample testing that was referenced in a letter from the US EPA Inspector General's office to Senator Kohl's office.  In turn, US EPA's response was relayed to you from Senator Kohl's office.
 
Please find attached WDNR air sample test results below. The information contains the date of sampling, how the test was done and  a detail of the analytical test sample results.
 
Note: The August 23 and 24, 2002 testing was performed about 50 yards south of your residence. (The first memo has an auto update macro for the  time).
 
To my knowledge, WDNR has never established an air monitoring site next to Grede Foundry - Liberty Plant LLC. 
 
 
 
If you have any additional questions or require additional details about the analytical method used, please contact me at the phone numbers provided below.
 
Respectfully,
 
PM Michael Griffin  P.E.
Environmental Engineer
Air Management
Milwaukee Service Center - SER
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
(() phone:      (414) 263-8554
(() fax:         (414) 263-8716
(() cell:        (414) 750-0737
(+) e-mail:     mike.griffin@wisconsin.gov
 
 
Hi Mike,
 
I have received the results for two TSP samples collected by a citizen near the Grede Foundary in Milwaukee.  Both samples had no detectable particulates on the filters.  Because there is no significant loading on the filters I can not request any additional microscopic or chemical analyses on the samples.  Individual results follow.
 
Start Date/Time         Duration        Results
8/14/01 23:30           120 min.        ND < 0.2 mg/M3
7/06/01   9:10          120 min         ND < 0.2 mg/M3
 
 
Mark K. Allen
Air Monitoring Section
Bureau of Air Management
(608)-266-8049
e-mail: allenm@mail01.dnr.state.wi.us
 
Mike,
 
The TSP sample collected on 6/28 by the citizen who lives near the foundry has been analyzed.  The results were recorded as "not detected" and indicate that no significant increase occurred in the weight of the filter.
Mark K. Allen
Air Monitoring Section
Bureau of Air Management
(608)-266-8049
e-mail: allenm@mail01.dnr.state.wi.us
 

State of Wisconsin

CORRESPONDENCE/MEMORANDUM


 

DATE:         June 13, 2002                                                                                                 FILE REF:

 

TO:              Mike Griffin - SER

 

FROM:         Mark K. Allen – AM/7

 

SUBJECT:   Results of the canister sample collected near a Grede Foundry

 

This report is a summary of the analysis results for the air sample collected near the Grede’s Liberty Foundry in Wauwatosa. 

 

Mike Griffin collected a grab sample of whole air from 12:39 to 12:44 CST on May 29, 2002.   The sample was collected corner of Martin Drive and down wind of the foundry.  The grab sample was a passive sample and the canister was filled to 13.9 psia.  Before analysis the canister was pressured to 23.7 psia with zero air.  The laboratory results were then adjusted for a dilution factor of 1.70.  For a reference in evaluating the results I selected for comparison one hour VOC results collected during the summer of 2001 at the DNR Milwaukee Headquarters site.  A total of 89 hours of data collected from 12:00 to 13:00 (CST) were summarized. The results of the canister collected on 5/29/2002 and the 2001 summary data are show in the attached table.

 

The laboratory analysis shows that the total hydrocarbon concentration was measured at 121 ppbC (part per billion Carbon).  This concentration was greater than the average measure in central Milwaukee but was within the range of values seen. The May 29th sample showed a total of 27compounds detected in concentrations exceeding 1 ppbC.  Twenty-two of the twenty-seven compounds were detected at concentrations greater than the average concentration seen in central Milwaukee.  Fourteen compounds (including benzene) were seen in concentration greater than the maximum values seen at the central Milwaukee site.

 

 

Cc:       Ed Miller – SER

            Dan Schramm - SER

            Tom Sheffy – AM/7


 

Hydrocarbon concentration measured in an air sample collected 5/29/02 near the Grede’s Liberty Foundry in Wauwatosa

Compound Name

* - compound found at a concentration greater than the average 2001 concentration.

 

Bold compounds are found in concentrations greater than the maximum 2001 concentration

5/29/02

Sample

(ppbC)

DNR Headquarters Site

2001

Average

(ppbC)

Minimum

(ppbC)

Maximum

(ppbC)

TNMOC

*

120.7

52.7

11.6

136.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISOBUTENE/1-BUTENE

*

1.4

0.2

0.0

0.5

ETHANE

*

8

4.1

1.9

13.0

ETHYLENE

*

8.7

2.3

0.3

6.7

PROPANE

*

23.8

2.5

0.4

7.1

PROPENE

*

3.7

1.0

0.0

3.0

ACETYLENE

*

4.1

1.0

0.2

2.4

N-BUTANE

*

3.7

1.7

0.4

4.2

ISOBUTANE

*

2.2

0.9

0.2

2.4

TRANS-2-BUTENE

 

0

1.0

1.0

1.0

CIS-2-BUTENE

 

0

0.3

0.0

0.6

1,3-BUTADIENE

 

0

 

 

 

N-PENTANE

*

2.2

1.5

0.3

3.7

ISOPENTANE

*

5.3

3.8

0.7

9.5

1-PENTENE

 

0

0.0

0.0

0.3

2-METHYL-1-BUTENE

 

0

 

 

 

TRANS-2-PENTENE

 

0

0.1

0.0

0.4

CIS-2-PENTENE

 

0

0.0

0.0

0.2

2-METHYL-2-BUTENE

 

0.7

 

 

 

3-METHYLPENTANE

*

1.3

0.9

0.2

2.1

N-HEXANE

*

1.9

1.5

0.3

3.7

N-HEPTANE

 

0.9

0.9

0.0

2.2

N-OCTANE

*

0.8

0.4

0.0

1.2

4-METHYL-1-PENTENE

 

0

 

 

 

N-NONANE

*

1.2

0.4

0.0

1.1

N-DECANE

*

1.4

0.4

0.0

1.3

CYCLOPENTANE

 

0

0.1

0.0

0.4

ISOPRENE

 

0

0.3

0.0

0.8

2,2-DIMETHYLBUTANE

 

0

0.1

0.0

0.5

1-HEXENE

 

0

 

 

 

2-METHYL-1-PENTENE

 

0

 

 

 

2,4-DIMETHYLPENTANE

 

0.6

0.8

0.0

1.9

CYCLOHEXANE

 

0

0.3

0.0

0.8

3-METHYLHEXANE

*

0.9

0.8

0.0

2.4

2,2,4-TRIMETHYLPENTANE

 

2

2.8

1.1

7.1

2,3,4-TRIMETHYLPENTANE

 

0.7

0.9

0.2

2.7

3-METHYLHEPTANE

 

0

0.4

0.0

1.0

METHYLCYCLOHEXANE

*

0.8

0.5

0.0

1.4

METHYLCYCLOPENTANE

*

0.9

0.7

0.0

1.8

2-METHYLHEXANE

*

0.8

0.7

0.0

1.7

2,4,4-TRIMETHYL-1-PENTENE

 

0

 

 

 

3-METHYL-1-BUTENE

 

0

 

 

 

CYCLOPENTENE

 

0

 

 

 

2,3-DIMETHYLBUTANE

*

0.6

0.5

0.0

1.4

2-METHYLPENTANE

*

1.9

1.1

0.3

2.9

TRANS-2-HEXENE

 

0

 

 

 

CIS-2-HEXENE

 

0

 

 

 

2,3-DIMETHYLPENTANE

 

0.8

1.0

0.0

2.7

CHLORODIFLUOROMETHANE (FREON 22)

 

0

 

 

 

UNDECANE

*

1.1

0.2

0.0

0.9

2,5-DIMETHYLHEXANE

 

0

 

 

 

2-METHYLHEPTANE

*

0.6

0.3

0.0

0.7

M/P-XYLENE

*

3.7

1.5

0.2

4.6

BENZENE

*

4.8

1.5

0.4

3.5

TOLUENE

*

8

4.6

0.8

14.3

ETHYLBENZENE

*

1.1

0.6

0.0

1.3

O-XYLENE

*

1.7

0.6

0.0

1.7

1,3,5-TRIMETHYLBENZENE

*

1.2

0.3

0.0

0.7

1,2,4-TRIMETHYLBENZENE

*

2.2

0.6

0.1

1.7

N-PROPYLBENZENE

 

0

0.1

0.0

0.5

ISOPROPYLBENZENE

 

0

0.0

0.0

0.4

O-ETHYLTOLUENE

*

0.5

0.2

0.0

0.7

M-ETHYLTOLUENE

*

1.6

0.4

0.0

1.2

P-ETHYLTOLUENE

*

1.1

0.1

0.0

0.8

M-DIETHYLBENZENE

 

0

0.1

0.0

0.7

P-DIETHYLBENZENE

*

1.3

0.1

0.0

0.5

STYRENE

 

0

0.0

0.0

0.4

1,2,3-TRIMETHYLBENZENE

 

I

0.4

0.0

0.8

 

 

State of Wisconsin

CORRESPONDENCE/MEMORANDUM


 

DATE:         August 3, 2011                                                                                                FILE REF:

 

TO:              Mike Griffin - SER

 

FROM:         Mark K. Allen – AM/7

 

SUBJECT:   Results of the canister samples collected August 23 and August 24 near a Milwaukee foundry.

 

This report is a summary of the analysis results for the air samples collected August 23 and 24 near a foundry in Milwaukee. 

 

Mike Griffin collected two grab samples of whole air near a Milwaukee area foundry.  The first sample (MG02-001) was collected on August 23, 2002 from 15:25 to 17:28.  The second sample (MG02-002) was collected on August 24, 2002 from 06:05 to 06:08.  No information was provided on the locations where the samples were collected.  The grab samples were passive samples and the canisters were filled only to ambient pressure.  Before the analyses the canister were pressured to with zero air.  The laboratory results were then adjusted by an appropriate dilution factor.  For a reference in evaluating the results I selected for comparison one-hour VOC results collected during the summer of 2001 at the DNR Milwaukee Headquarters site.  A total of 2146 hours of data collected from 6/1/01 to 8/31/01 were summarized.  The results of the canister collected in August and the 2001 summary data are show in the attached table.

 

The laboratory analysis of the first sample, collected at 17:25 on 8/23/02, shows that the total hydrocarbon concentration was measured at 63 ppbC (part per billion Carbon).  This concentration was lower than the average measure in central Milwaukee but was well within the range of values seen. The August 23 sample showed a total of 17 compounds detected in concentrations equal to or exceeding 1 ppbC.  Eight of the seventeen compounds were detected at concentrations greater than the average concentration seen in central Milwaukee.  None of the seventeen compounds were seen in at a concentration greater than the maximum value seen at the central Milwaukee site.

 

The laboratory analysis of the second sample, collected at 0605 on 8/24/02, shows that the total hydrocarbon concentration was measured at 19 ppbC (part per billion Carbon).  This concentration was lower than the average measure in central Milwaukee but was within the range of values seen. The August 23 sample showed a total of 8 compounds detected in concentrations equal to or exceeding 1 ppbC.  None of the eight compounds were detected at a concentration greater than the average concentration seen in central Milwaukee.

 

Cc:       Ed Miller – SER

            Tom Sheffy – AM/7

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