WI Senate Panel Passes PFAS Measure

The WI State Senate’s natural resources committee voted 3-2 along party lines to approve a measure restricting the use of firefighting foam containing certain PFAS compounds.

The bill limits where firefighters and others could test or train with foams containing highly fluorinated compounds.  It would allow the use of such foam only in emergency fire response or in testing areas that the Department of Natural Resources determines have “appropriate containment, treatment, and disposal measures.”

Major industry groups — including Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the American Chemistry Council, and the Fluorocouncil, a trade group for companies that manufacture fluorinated compounds — all support the proposal, which now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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