02/07/2020- A statewide survey is underway on the use and storage of PFAS-containing firefighting foams at Wisconsin fire departments. It’s being conducted by the UW-Madison Survey Center on behalf of the Wisconsin DNR and runs through mid-March. The survey coincides with Governor Tony Evers’ signing of a bipartisan bill that prohibits the use of firefighting foam containing PFAS unless it’s part of an emergency firefighting or fire prevention operation or the use is for testing purposes. The primary goal of the survey is to identify how much PFAS-containing foam concentrate is stored at fire departments around the state as this information will help inform a cost estimate of potential statewide collection and disposal efforts. Wisconsin is joining several other states across the country in working with local fire departments to address the environmental and human health risks associated with PFAS. Results from the survey are expected in early April.