Neenah-Menasha Sewerage Commission Biosolids Storage Facility

At a Glance:

Location: Greenville, Wisconsin

Date: 2011

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Meaningful Work and Wealth, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: clean air, neighborhood safety, infectious diseases, meaningful work and wealth, clean water, built environment

Affected Population: N/A

Research Methods: Primary research

Community Types: urban, rural

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The purpose of this rapid Health Impact Assessment (HIA) was to discuss the negative and positive health impacts of a biosolids storage facility being proposed in the Town of Greenville, and to identify ways to decrease any adverse health impacts of the proposed biosolids storage facility.

The Greenville community expressed concern about the health risks from toxic chemicals and increased truck traffic, as well as the environmental risk of groundwater contamination, unfavorable aesthetics, odor, and increased truck traffic. The HIA recommended that the Neenah-Menasha Sewerage Commission monitor and respond to resident complaints to foster an open and informative dialogue. Outagamie County Public Health will coordinate monitoring of biosolids-related health complaints, should the project move forward.

Outagamie County Public Health Division has no regulatory authority for biosolids production, transport, storage or use. Outagamie County Public Health Division’s sole interest in this project was to review potential health concerns and propose methods to reduce those risks.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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