What should I do about PFAS in my water?

A consumer guide for dealing with harmful PFAS being detected nationwide, including Wisconsin.

If you’ve been hearing more about PFAS in Wisconsin waters, it’s because testing is increasingly detecting those harmful chemicals. As of Nov. 18, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was monitoring PFAS contamination at 91 sites from French Island in the west to Peshtigo in the east.

Nitrate pours into Mississippi River and other U.S. waterways, report says

Regulated industries in 2020 released at least 94.5 million pounds of potentially harmful nitrates into the Mississippi River basin. But some releases go untallied.

By Bennet Goldstein Wisconsin Watch Nitrate compounds were the top toxic substances released into U.S. waterways in 2020, including the Mississippi River, according to a recent study conducted by an environmental policy and advocacy group. Industries — primarily petroleum refineries…

Wisconsin’s French Island faces stark choices as PFAS water crisis lingers

A lifeline could disappear due to a pollution lawsuit that has implications for the 1.7 million Wisconsinites who rely on private wells.

By Bennet Goldstein Wisconsin Watch Jim Boisen and Margie Walker conceived of their single-story residence as a “forever home.” They moved in 1979 to Wisconsin’s French Island, an unincorporated community of 4,300. Sandwiched between the Black and Mississippi rivers in…

Wisconsin bill would tie PFAS grants to lawsuit immunity

The Wisconsin Assembly plans to vote on a bill that would create a new $10 million grant program to help communities clean up contamination from "forever chemicals" known as PFAS but would ban them from suing those responsible for the pollution.

Health agencies to assess chemical exposure near military bases

People who live near current or former military installations in eight states will have their blood and urine examined by government officials. They want to understand the extent of residents' exposure to manmade chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services.