By Andrew Savagian
Wisconsin—that funky looking state tucked under Lake Superior and known more for Green Bay Packer football and its long run as “America’s Dairyland” than anything else—would not be a place people think of when it comes to brownfields and industrial waste.
Yet, this rural Midwestern state of five million boasts one of the largest per capita manufacturing sectors in the country. With that type of industrial pedigree, of course, came a post-Rust Belt litany of brownfield problems that rival other more populous, industrialized states east of the Mississippi. Thousands of contaminated sites—many former canneries, creameries and abandoned gas stations in tiny rural towns—dotted the landscape.
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