09/01/2020- New emergency rules governing the use of PFAS-containing firefighting foam in Wisconsin take effect today. 2019 Wisconsin Act 101 implements measures that mitigate the discharge of PFAS-containing firefighting foam into the environment, and in doing so supports efforts by the Wisconsin DNR and fire departments to protect the health and safety of Wisconsin residents. The law stipulates that the use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams is prohibited except in emergency firefighting operations or testing in a facility equipped with appropriate containment, treatment, and disposal or storage measures. In addition, the law outlines when the DNR must be notified of any emergency use or discharge of this type of foam. It’s all part of a larger effort to mitigate the impact PFAS has on environmental and physical health in the state. These new rules will remain in effect for three years or until the DNR can develop permanent rules.