12/19/2019- Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul was in Marinette yesterday asking residents to share their stories of how PFAS contamination has impacted them and residents certainly responded. The listening session was held as part of the DNR’s ongoing effort to maintain an open line of communication with the public about the contamination caused by the manufacturing and testing of Tyco’s PFAS-containing firefighting foam. Many of the people who spoke Wednesday shared stories of significant and often unexplained health issues they believe may be linked to PFAS exposure. Kaul says his department and the DNR are working to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable, which includes considering legal action on the basis that Tyco knowingly withheld information about water contamination for years.
Though some interim actions have been taken, the true extent of the contamination or any long-term remedial solutions have yet to be determined. Among the issues needing to be addressed is how to establish a new, reliable drinking water source for affected Town of Peshtigo residents. Tyco has recommended extending municipal water from the City of Marinette, but Christine Haag with the Wisconsin DNR says they’ve rejected the company’s latest Remedial Actions Options Report because it left too many critical questions unanswered.
Two more listening sessions will be held on the PFAS issue- being planned for the third Wednesday in both January and February. Residents can also ask questions or provide feedback on investigation or cleanup efforts by emailing dnrjcipfas@wisconsin.gov.