New federal limits on hazardous “forever chemicals” could mean cleaner, safer drinking water. But some residents may see higher utility bills.
Peshtigo residents are exposed to dangerous levels of ‘forever chemicals.’ They are torn over their options for getting clean water.
The state Department of Natural Resources has moved under Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ total control for the first time in his tenure.
Wisconsin’s natural resources board on Wednesday voted unanimously to proceed with regulating so-called forever chemicals in the state’s groundwater, 10 months after a plan was scrapped under pressure from the state’s powerful business industry.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ administration plans to ask state environmental officials again for permission to develop limits on a group of chemicals known as PFAS in Wisconsin groundwater.
Local officials want to reassure residents about their drinking water, even amid questions about health risks and who will pay to clean up the contamination.
Regulated industries in 2020 released at least 94.5 million pounds of potentially harmful nitrates into the Mississippi River basin. But some releases go untallied.
‘There’s nothing that hits you in the gut harder than the thought that you don’t have safe drinking water,’ the retiring Democrat says.