WI DNR Begins PFAS Rulemaking

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce reports that the WI Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun the rulemaking process to regulate PFOA/PFOS in groundwater, surface water and drinking water.

Governor Evers approved all three scope statements and the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules ordered Secretary-Designee Preston Cole to hold a preliminary public hearing on each scope statement.

Based on initial compliance cost estimates prepared by the DNR in their scope statements, industry, local governments and ultimately the taxpayer stand to incur millions of dollars in costs. In order to comply with drinking water standards, DNR estimates that a municipal wastewater treatment facility could be facing costs up to $25 million per facility.

Following the public hearings, the rules will have to be approved by the Natural Resources Board and ultimately be reviewed by the legislature and signed by the Governor. MWFPA will monitor these rules and continue to advocate against unnecessarily costly or burdensome regulation. See the three scope statements here: Drinking Water: SS 089-19, Groundwater: SS 090-19, Surface Water: SS 091-19.

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