Contaminants of Emerging Concern

PFAS Update: Status of the $125M in “PFAS Trust Fund”

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PFAS Update: Status of the $125M in “PFAS Trust Fund”

At Wisconsin’s Green Fire, our Contaminants of Emerging Concern Work Group continues working to advance a science-based approach for managing PFAS in Wisconsin waters, soils, and communities. In this blog post, we’re summarizing some of the recent state-level matters on funding for communities to treat PFAS …

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Discussing PFAS with Gov. Evers

Governor Tony Evers and WGF Executive Director Meleesa Johnson

by Meleesa Johnson, WGF Executive Director

Governor Tony Evers (left) and WGF Executive Director Meleesa Johnson (right) in Marshfield, March 14, 2024

On March 14th, I was proud to represent Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) at an event in Marshfield to discuss PFAS funding with Governor Tony Evers. PFAS are the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances famous …

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WGF Asks Gov. Evers to Veto SB 312

WGF’s letter to Governor Evers requesting he veto SB 312.

On February 26, 2024, Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) sent a letter to Governor Tony Evers, asking him to veto Senate Bill 312 (SB 312). For months, leaders from WGF worked with the authors of this bill in attempts to make it beneficial …

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WGF Statement on WDNR’s request for JFC action on PFAS funding

two girls drinking from an outdoor water fountain

On December 19th, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) released a letter to the Co-chairs of the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance (JFC), requesting the release of PFAS funding. The WDNR’s letter requests release of segregated funds to support affected communities and private well owners, and to support monitoring, research, and public health needs around PFAS. …

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New Opportunities Now Paper: PFAS 2.0

cover page of Opportunities Now paper on PFAS 2023 with green and blue graphics, image of a glass of water with a blurred leafy backdrop

Read the new report on PFAS in Wisconsin Drinking Water.

Since the late 1930s, many consumer goods and industrial materials have contained per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a class of chemicals famous for their non-stick and firefighting properties. However, PFAS are now known to threaten human health and the environment. A team of experts at …

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Senate Passes Imperfect PFAS Bill

clear water in a glass in front of a black background

On November 14th, 2023, the Wisconsin State Senate passed a version of SB312 (the “PFAS bill”) without important changes offered by Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF), other environmental/conservation groups, and leaders of communities impacted by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Over the last several months, the experts on WGF’s Contaminants of Emerging Concern Work Group …

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire and Partners Equip Local Leaders to Address PFAS in Wisconsin Communities

When Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg had to deal with the crisis of responding to PFAS contamination detected throughout Wausau’s drinking water supply in 2022, she was fortunate to be able to turn to her family friend and mentor John Robinson.  John is a former Wausau Mayor and a former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) …

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