All about the PFAS problem

Why the state has commissioned not just one, but two panels to examine the risks posed by the ubiquitous chemical

They’ve been a part of life for decades, used for everything from waterproofing clothing to making foam for fighting airplane and industrial fires.

But for most of that time, the class of chemicals known as PFAS escaped detection as potentially hazardous to human health. And not until the last five years or so have Wisconsin regulators begun to understand how widespread potential contamination from PFAS chemicals might be.

PFAS stands for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of manufactured chemicals that date back as far as the 1940s. There are anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 different compounds. And there’s still not much known about them, except for several health hazards attributed to exposure.

“Everybody’s learning here as we go,” Darsi Foss, administrator of the environmental management division at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, told the Wisconsin Examiner...

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Ken Notes: We know it is there, what we don`t know is how to get rid of it. What we need to know is how can we affordable do this when we are way ahead of the federal government where funding will eventually come from. I get very nervous when I see companies mentioned in articles that have not clearly defined the scope of the problem.



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