MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Republicans hastily put together a bill addressing PFAS contamination and pushed it through to the Senate early Friday, just moments before adjourning for the year.
The bill gives Rep. John Nygren of Marinette cover on the campaign trail this summer. His northeastern Wisconsin district has been hit hard by PFAS groundwater pollution.
PFAS are man-made chemicals that research suggests can decrease female fertility, increase the risk of high blood pressure in pregnant women and lower birth weights. The chemicals have been used for decades in a range of products, including firefighting foam, nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and stain-resistant sprays.
Nygren and Democratic state Sen. Dave Hansen of Green Bay put together a sweeping bill addressing PFAS contamination in January that called for emergency rules limiting the amount of PFAS in ground and surface water as well as air emissions, grants for municipalities to address PFAS pollution, sampling wildlife for contamination and free blood testing for people living near polluted areas in Marinette, Peshtigo and Porterfield.