Study finds lead in Middleton drinking water

An ongoing disagreement between the city and town of Middleton over the use of leaded aviation fuel at the Middleton Airport is receiving new attention thanks to a study performed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) that found lead isotopes in two Middleton wells of six that were tested.

According to a report from WKOW ABC-27, Town Chairperson Cynthia Richson commissioned the study back in December and is using it as new evidence in an ongoing fight to ban leaded aviation fuel at Morey Field. The problem —most aircraft at the airport rely on leaded fuel.

In a news release, the environmental protection group Clean Wisconsin also called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to step in and begin regulating leaded aviation fuel.

The city of Middleton Plan Commission has sent a petition to the common council asking the state for funds for an unleaded fuel tank, but the request is really aimed at getting in the queue to replace the current fuel tank in the near future rather than turning to an additional unleaded alternative.