Wardens ask for help on illegal dumps

Products dumped illegally in northwestern Wis.
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State conservation wardens are asking for the public’s help in catching those responsible for illegally dumping hazardous waste products in northwestern Wisconsin.

The Department of Natural Resources’ Bureau Law Enforcement says sometime around Sept. 4, various paints, coatings, and solvent wastes were discovered dumped around Siren in Burnett County and Frederic in Polk County. The illegal dumping occurred on private and public lands.

The DNR says illegal dumps have also been discovered in remote areas around Webster and Danbury in Burnett County.

Wardens said the hazardous waste poses a health risk to people, wildlife, and groundwater. They said the waste should have been properly recycled or processed for disposal.

The DNR is asking for people with information to call their tip line at 1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-847-9367).