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The Wisconsin DNR found elevated levels of PFAS in some fish in Silver Creek in Monroe County.

It, along with the Department of Health Services, has issued a new fish consumption advisory.

People shouldn’t eat more than one meal of brook or brown trout from the creek per month.

PFAS refers to a group of manmade chemicals that, when ingested, is linked to health risks including cancer. 

DNR Policy Advisor Mimi Johnson says this is just the latest advisory the two agencies have had to issue because of the chemicals.

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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy is testing residential wells in North Ironwood for harmful chemicals this week, after some were found at the Gogebic-Iron County airport.

Now, the state is trying to determine how far they’ve spread, and if they’ve contaminated any drinking water.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, or EGLE, tests groundwater at airports across Michigan.

They’re looking for residue of a firefighting foam that airports use to train with in case there’s an accident.

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Wisconsin environmental regulators have reached an agreement with the state’s largest business group and won’t release results of water sampling for unregulated PFAS chemicals until the courts decide whether state law allows for testing of the manmade compounds.

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The state has issued a drinking water warning for residents of French Island in La Crosse County due to concerns about pollution from PFAS “forever chemicals” that have been linked to causing cancer and a wide array of other illnesses.

The chemicals were first detected in French Island wells in 2014.

The contamination has been traced to several plane crashes at La Crosse Regional Airport, where PFAS- containing firefighting foam was used, as well as routine yearly testing of foam by the airport.

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The City of Rhinelander could have a shot at millions of dollars in state money to address its PFAS problem, if a proposal by Gov. Tony Evers is approved.

In his budget plan, Evers plans to provide $20 million in funding for communities to respond to PFAS contamination.

Rhinelander might be a candidate for some of that money.

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Gov. Tony Evers wants to spend $25 million dollars to address PFAS issues over the next two years.

PFAS became familiar to people in the Northwoods two years ago, when Rhinelander had to shut down two of its five municipal water wells due to PFAS contamination. Those wells remain off today.

When ingested, the PFAS group of chemicals can lead to higher risks of certain diseases and cancer in humans.

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Only “trace amounts” of PFAS were found in liquid discharged from the long-closed City of Rhinelander landfill, new testing shows.

The testing was part of an effort to identify sources of PFAS contamination in Rhinelander-area water. High levels of PFAS forced the city to shut down two of its five municipal drinking water wells in 2019.

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Republican lawmakers have blocked the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from enforcing some new regulations designed to keep some PFAS chemicals out of the environment.

The Legislature’s GOP-controlled rules committee on Friday voted 6-4 along party lines to strip key language from a newly-adopted rule limiting the use of firefighting foam containing the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

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A group of nearly 20 agencies from across the state have spent more than a year developing the PFAS Action Plan.

This plan will act as a roadmap for dealing with PFAS in Wisconsin.

For those unfamiliar, PFAS are a group of human-made chemicals. You find them in things like non-stick cookware and firefighting foam.

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Wisconsin environmental regulators have approved an emergency rule restricting the use of firefighting foam in an effort to control pollution from PFAS chemicals.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the Department of Natural Resources' policy board approved the rules on a 5-2 vote Wednesday.

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A group of 34 environmental and public health organizations is calling for the state to require public drinking water systems to test for PFAS.

PFAS are so-called “forever chemicals” linked to health risks, including cancer.

High levels of PFAS contamination were found in two Rhinelander wells last year, as well as in other water systems statewide. But there’s no mandate to test for them.

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The DNR and the Wisconsin PFAS Action Council is seeking public input on its PFAS Action Plan.

PFAS is a group of chemicals created in the 1930s.The chemicals are used in a range of products including non-stick cookware, waterproof clothing, and firefighting foam.

In recent years, PFAS has been found in Wisconsin ground water, surface water, and drinking water as well as animal and fish tissue.

The issue is if enough of the chemical builds up in a person, say through their drinking water contaminated with high concentrations of it, it can lead to health issues.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is announcing a $500 million plan to upgrade drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

The initiative is called MI Clean Water. It calls for creating a pot of money from which local governments could apply for grants or loans to improve their water treatment systems.

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released a report Tuesday detailing the findings of PFAS in the liver of deer harvested and analyzed from the JCI/Tyco Fire Technology Center in Marinette, Wisconsin. 

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The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Wednesday delayed action on an emergency rule mostly ending the use of fire fighting foam with contaminants such as PFAS.

The legislature wants the DNR to have rules in place by September 1 to control what are called "forever chemicals" that don't break down in the environment. A component of the foam contains PFAS. The rule sets up regulations regarding the foam.

DNR administrator Darsi Foss says regardless of the emergency rule outcome, restrictions begin soon...

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