The Legislature’s rules committee is scheduled to meet Friday to consider motions from its GOP co-chairs to suspend key parts of a rule to limit the use of firefighting foam containing manmade compounds known as PFAS.
The Natural Resources Board voted 5-2 Wednesday to adopt an emergency rule proposed by DNR staff that effectively prohibits testing facilities from discharging water with detectable amounts hazardous chemicals known as PFAS.
The act restricts the use of foam containing compounds known as PFAS to emergency situations and testing facilities.
The DNR estimates there are between 63,200 and 96,300 gallons of foam on hand, including more than 30,000 gallons of expired or unwanted foam, significantly more than the agency had previously predicted.
Ten groups sent a letter Thursday urging the Natural Resources Board to implement what they called “an incredibly modest step towards addressing the burgeoning PFAS pollution problem our state faces.”
The Natural Resources Board voted unanimously Wednesday to table a rule to set guidelines on containment and disposal of the chemicals, which have been linked to cancer and other illnesses.
The Natural Resources Board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve parameters for an emergency rule that will determine, among other things, how and where fluorinated foam can be tested and disposed of.
The Natural Resources Board has been asked to approve parameters for an emergency rule that will determine guidelines for where and how fluorinated foam can be tested and disposed of.
The primary aim of the survey is to determine how much foam is being stored, which the DNR will use to estimate the ultimate cost to dispose of the material made with "forever chemicals."
The Senate’s GOP-led natural resources committee voted 3-2 along party lines to advance a bill restricting the use of firefighting foam containing a class of synthetic compounds known as PFAS.
The department announced Monday that all of its trucks are now equipped with a foam independently verified as PFAS-free, and it has contracted with a licensed disposal company to destroy its existing stock of fluorinated foam.
The Assembly’s environmental committee voted 8-1 to advance a bill that would restrict the use of firefighting foams containing a class of synthetic compounds known as PFAS.
Water samples collected on July 25 at storm sewer outlets near a popular shoreline fishing area showed high concentrations of fluorinated chemicals -- broadly referred to as PFAS -- that could accumulate in fish.
The bill would limit where firefighters and others could test or train with foams containing highly fluorinated compounds known as PFAS.
Contractors for American Transmission Co. are continuing efforts to pump oil and firefighting foam out of storm sewers that empty into Lake Monona and the Yahara River.
Trace amounts of the chemicals known as "PFAS" have been found in four more water wells in Madison, bringing the total number of wells having the chemicals up to 10 out of the 19 wells tested so far.