Walmart boiling springs to close in 2019
WASHINGTON — Walmart’s boiling spring in Wyoming will close this summer, the company announced Monday.
The store will reopen in 2019 at a new location at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Wyoming.
“We want to thank the customers for their continued support,” Walmart spokeswoman Debra Jarrell said in a statement.
“The company is committed to ensuring the best possible experience for our guests and employees.
We will continue to monitor our guests’ water usage and use of water-borne illness prevention products.”
The move comes amid a number of major health and environmental concerns surrounding the spring.
Wal-Mart has been a frequent target of protests, and the company has been criticized by local officials for the treatment of the area.
Last month, the agency responsible for regulating the spring, the Department of Natural Resources, said it was reviewing the conditions surrounding the springs.
According to the department, the spring was closed in March 2019 after the Department found it to be in need of significant attention due to high levels of contamination and the high risk of health effects.
Environmental groups have also been working on a lawsuit seeking to block the company from closing the springs, which are located in a remote location in a town of 2,000 people.
It is unclear when the store will open again.