Daily Bread for 6.20.22: Wisconsin’s PFAS Standards

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 92. Sunrise is 5:16 AM and sunset 8:36 PM for 15h 20m 24s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 56.9% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Urban Forestry Commission meets at 4:30 PM and the Library Board at 6:30 PM.

On this day in 1893, Lizzie Borden is acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother.

In communities big & small, most residents have similar standards for their towns: good schools, good roads, safe streets, clean air & water. There’s much more to life, but that’s a foundation on which large and small places together hold agreement. It would be better for society if residents could and would privately measure the conditions of their towns, but into the gaps where better does not dwell, regulation steps.

That’s the case with regulations on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly called forever chemicals. Danielle Kaeding reports Wisconsin’s PFAS standards are on track to take effect. What happens next?:

Wisconsin will likely see its first standards for so-called forever chemicals known as PFAS now that Wisconsin Republicans have posed no objections to the rules.

An aide for Republican Sen. Steve Nass, who chairs the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules, told the Associated Press Monday that the committee would allow the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to implement the proposed standards.

PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a class of thousands of synthetic chemicals found in firefighting foam and everyday products like nonstick cookware and stain-resistant clothing. Research has shown links to serious health effects that include increased risk of kidney and testicular cancers, thyroid disease and fertility issues. The chemicals have also been tied to reduced response to vaccines.

Elected officials, environmental groups, residents, industry and water associations have been at odds over how to regulate the chemicals and at what level. As state standards move forward, they will bring new testing requirements while federal regulators are updating their health advisories for the chemicals.


The DNR has said sampling for PFAS is required for community water systems, as well as non-transient non-community systems. They include systems that serve cities, mobile home parks, apartment complexes, businesses and schools.

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2 years ago

Steve Nass, for once in his political life, is doing something positive??