PFAS Measure Passes WI State Assembly

The Wisconsin State Assembly amended a series of provisions onto Senate Bill 559 related to studying and testing for PFAS. The provisions would:

  • Require the UW System to study and submit a report on the human health effects of PFAS, the safe destruction and disposal of PFAS, and safe levels of PFAS in the human body, groundwater, and drinking water.
  • Require DNR to promulgate emergency rules for certifying testing laboratories that may test for PFOA and PFOS.
  • Require DNR to submit a 2021-23 biennial budget request for addressing PFAS.
  • Require DNR to test water samples for the presence of PFOA and PFOS in municipal wells, municipal water systems, and private wells (only with the consent of the owner) that are in proximity to sites containing PFOA and PFOS when no responsible party is available.
  • Allow DNR to recover the costs of testing, investigations, and providing temporary potable water from a responsible party who has used firefighting foam containing PFAS.

The amended bill passed the Assembly on a 62-35 vote. It still must pass the Senate before heading to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who has final approval. The Senate is expected to meet once more next month before adjourning.

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