Joel Pedersen noted by DNR for work on chronic wasting disease

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matthew Frank recently recognized soil science associate professor Joel Pedersen and  professor Craig Benson,  civil and environmental engineering,  for their pivotal role in paving the way for the DNR to dispose of deer carcasses from the state chronic wasting disease (CWD) zone in the Dane County Landfill.

Benson’s and Pedersen’s studies of the fate and transport of prions in landfills provided scientific evidence that allayed Dane County Board concerns about the safety of the disposal method. Their research can potentially save the DNR between $550 and $2,000 per ton on costs for safely disposing of carcasses of deer infected with CWD.