PESHTIGO — The Town of Peshtigo is making progress in negotiations with Marinette to address solutions to PFAS contamination.
The town’s negotiations with Marinette to begin providing the town with water have been stalled for months due to a conflict over the payment of legal fees by Tyco Corporation, the company that is one source of the PFAS contamination. But during the Peshtigo Town Board meeting Tuesday night, the board reported that the billing conflict has finally been resolved, and that negotiations will be moving forward soon.
The board voted unanimously to approve a resolution and move forward with negotiations with Marinette.
The emerging contaminant family of compounds known as PFAS is a group of substances that can be found in common household products such as stain- and water-repellent fabrics, nonstick products, polishes, waxes, paints, cleaning products and firefighting foams, but can have detrimental health affects for those who consume it.
Tyco, a subsidiary of Johnson Controls, is responsible for some of the contamination through chemical testing and training at its testing site in Marinette. The company has taken responsibility but has noted there are other sources that contribute to PFAS contamination.
While talks are finally starting up again, no official actions or agreements have been made.
With the billing situation finally sorted, a resolution was passed by the board to begin exploring solutions with Marinette to begin providing water to Town of Peshtigo residents, with Tyco paying the legal fees that will be garnered during these negotiations.
These negotiations are to explore and clarify where the town’s new water will come from and how that water will be carried and distributed to the town and who will maintain that new system. All decisions related to the project will have to go through both the Town of Peshtigo and the City of Marinette.
“Honest we’re down to just a few options for Peshtigo’s water, the City of Marinette water is the most logical choice because it is the closest, and there is also the City of Peshtigo but the connecting piping would have to be run for four or five extra miles,” Supervisor Kristen Edgar said.
Peshtigo town resident, Mike Ward asked the board, “When are you going to deliver this solution to residents? What is the schedule going to be laid down.”
Edgar responded, “This resolution is the first step, this is momentum. I know that people have been waiting a long time, too long, but we are moving forward. The problem was a billing conflict, but that’s been sorted. Can we give you a timeline, no, but we are working very hard to deliver.”