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Wisconsin Regulators Consider New PFAS Chemical Rules for Water

June 21, 2019, 10:11 PM

Wisconsin may enact new limits for 14 contaminants in an effort to protect the state’s drinking water.

The state Department of Health Services (DHS) June 21 recommended regulatory changes to 23 of 27 substances analyzed, including two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) used as stain repellents and commercial products such as carpets and fabrics. The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded there is evidence suggesting the substances can cause cancer.

The substances are sometimes called “forever chemicals” because they take a long time to break down.

The standards are important for health and political reasons. More than two-thirds of Wisconsin...

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