Wisconsin to miss deadline on action on PFAS compounds

By Ben Meyer | WXPR | May 20, 2020

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“In a month, Wisconsin will miss a deadline for action on the chemical contaminant PFAS.

That’s the substance found in drinking water in Rhinelander and other places. It’s linked to higher cholesterol, thyroid issues, and cancer.

An executive order last year directed the Wisconsin PFAS Action Council to produce an action plan by June 30, 2020.

But the DNR says the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled the work.

‘Obviously, since we can’t meet and engage – this was really meant to be a transparent process – it’s very hard to solicit input and feedback from folks,’ said DNR Environmental Management Division Administrator Darsi Foss.

The action plan is supposed to suggest steps the state can take to combat PFAS, the chemicals found in some nonstick wrappers, water-resistant clothing, and fire-fighting foam. Ingestion by humans has been linked to higher cholesterol, thyroid issues, and cancer.

In an interview, we asked Evers whether he’s comfortable with the committee’s delay in action…”

This content provided by the PFAS Project.