Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday that his administration is preparing to take legal action against companies responsible for PFAS contamination in Wisconsin. Evers asked the Department of the Administration (DOA) to begin the selection process for an outside law firm to help the state evaluate and pursue litigation against companies responsible. The decision comes following recommendations from the Wisconsin PFAS Action Council’s PFAS Action Plan released in December 2020.
Other states, such as Michigan, Ohio, New Hampshire, and Vermont, have already pursued litigation against corporate actors responsible for PFAS contamination and have leveraged the funds derived from the litigation to support the communities most impacted. Currently, Wisconsin monitors nearly 50 sites across the state for PFAS contamination, including the surface and groundwater issue due to PFAS from the Tyco Fire Test Center in Marinette.
The Local S.O.H2O group says they stand in support of Governor Evers and Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul in bringing as much collective force to bear as possible to ensure industry faces the consequences of their actions.