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March 11, 2014

MADISON - A roughly 20-year cleanup of a former landfill in Marathon County is nearing completion, clearing the way for the beneficial reuse of the property as a soccer field and curling complex. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources this week will send a Certificate of Completion to the partners involved in the clean-up of the former Holtz-Krause Landfill in Wausau.

The certificate means that the Holtz-Krause Landfill Steering Committee has completed all the necessary work to investigate and clean up the site of contamination and is exempt from any future liability for past releases of hazardous substances on the property.

The 57-acre property is being developed into a soccer field and curling complex, complete with lighting for night games, bleachers, concession stand, and on-site parking.

"This is a great accomplishment for Wausau community leaders and the Holtz-Krause Landfill Steering Committee," said Darsi Foss, DNR brownfields and outreach chief. "They've successfully demonstrated that a landfill can be satisfactorily cleaned up and put back into productive use, not just capped off and indefinitely monitored."

This is the first time in Wisconsin that DNR has issued a Certificate of Completion on the clean-up of a licensed, municipal landfill.

The curling center is already operational. Organizers say the soccer fields will be ready for action in the spring of 2015.


By definition, brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties where the real or perceived existence of contamination is hindering cleanup and the beneficial reuse of the land.

The Wisconsin Brownfields Program is a national leader in the effort to revitalize blighted properties, and often looked to as a model by other states and the federal government.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin Endsley, DNR, 715-392-3126

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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