Anne is the one local TV stations interviewed for information about KIPP's pollution. She had boxes of clippings on KIPP. She was also my best friend on S. Marquette before she moved to Monona.
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Anne was a tenacious and persistent researcher who paid careful attention to details. She spent many long hours in DNR offices photocopying documents related to MKC—and then poring through thousands of pages of these reports to better understand what kinds and levels of toxic pollution people in the neighborhood were being exposed to. She dug up scientific papers and environmental regulations, uncovering MKC regulatory violations and sharing what she learned with neighbors and other activists. On many Kipp toxics and regulatory issues, she knew more than government officials. And all of this was before the Internet age!
She helped organize community petitions and wrote numerous letters to public officials (see here and here and here) about Kipp’s noise and toxic emissions, demanding that they do more to stop them. She talked to current and former Kipp workers and encouraged them to write comments about their experiences working there and submit them for public meetings. Even while often being treated with disdain by government agencies—and repeatedly targeted and threatened by MKC officials and attorneys—she doggedly kept going.
Around 2007, she researched the deeper political history of Madison-Kipp Corporation, and presented it at Café Zoma in the Atwood neighborhood...
...Anne’s work in the 1990s was remarkably prescient. She found DNR reports supporting the complaints about toxic fumes spewing from Kipp’s open doors and windows. She discovered DNR documents (see here and here) reporting extremely high levels of toxic volatile organic chemicals... along storm drain routes from the site and in groundwater. She uncovered a a 1987 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about PCB barrels found at Kipp in the early 1980s. (Years later, the DNR told citizens they didn’t know about PCBs at Kipp until 2012).
The community has lost a major force. Thank you Anne for all the great work you have done on behalf of your neighbors, public health, and the environment. Thank you for being a great friend.
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