Kaul leads state AGs in calling for federal PFAS regulation | Science &


PFAS are a group of thousands of largely unregulated synthetic compounds that do not break down naturally and have been shown to increase the risk of cancer and other ailments.

Used for years in firefighting foam, food packaging, non-stick cookware, water-resistant clothing, carpeting and other products, PFAS have been found in drinking water, groundwater, surface water, soil, sediments, air, fish and wildlife as well as human blood samples.

The Department of Natural Resources is monitoring more than 40 PFAS contamination sites across Wisconsin, including Madison, where the water utility has shut down one well, and Marinette and La Crosse, where residents have been provided bottled water because their private wells are contaminated.

The DNR is in the process of developing water standards for two PFAS compounds, and the Department of Health Services has recommended limits for 16 more.



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