Dec. 5 – Wisconsinites grapple with PFAS contamination
The presence of “forever chemicals” in water is drawing concern and attention from Wisconsin residents and officials.
Research has shown high levels of certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — a large group of manmade chemicals used for decades in industry and consumer products — may cause health impacts, including increased risk of some cancers and pregnancy complications.
A study released in November found 7 in 10 private wells contained one or more PFAS, but few contain a level above state health guidelines.
Wisconsin regulators are crafting rules on groundwater standards. Meanwhile, lawmakers are advancing legislation on the matter.
A virtual Wisconsin Health News panel on Dec. 5 will weigh in on the topic.
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