03/14/2019- Tyco’s long-term solution to address local drinking water contamination has been released, but there are many questions surrounding the broader issue that still remain. The company held a community update meeting last night where they announced they’re establishing a plan to construct an extension of Marinette’s municipal water lines to residents in the PFAS-affected area in the Town of Peshtigo. Mike Bedard with Arcadis, the consulting firm working with Tyco on the cleanup efforts says this option offers the most protected and reliable source of drinking water.
But, drinking water in the Town of Peshtigo is only one part of the problem. Resident Andi Rich says she’s concerned about the lack of any apparent plan for residents further out in the county who’ve had Marinette’s wastewater biosolids containing high concentrations of PFAS compounds spread on their fields.
Although it didn’t sit well with many in attendance at the meeting, Roxanne Chronert with the Wisconsin DNR says when it comes down to it, it’s unlikely the PFAS contamination from Tyco firefighting foams produced and tested locally will ever be completely cleaned up.
Tyco says they’ll continue their interim action measures while they work to develop other permanent remediation options. These include the distribution of bottled water and point of entry water treatment systems to all affected residents and the operation and monitoring of two interim action filtration systems on a pair of ditches identified as having PFAS contamination before that water reaches the Bay of Green Bay.