MADISON — Along with Wisconsinites from across the Badger land, Marinette area residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments regarding the Wisconsin PFAS Action Plan during a Thursday  online meeting organized by the Wisconsin PFAS Action Council (WisPAC).

Slated to run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. agenda items include a recap on WisPAC and the PFAS Action Plan, current PFAS-related bills moving through the legislature, updates and a discussion on the implementation of the action plan and more. WisPAC represents an interagency body under governance by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 

Governor Tony Evers signed Executive Order #40 in 2019 to address awareness and action on the manufactured chemicals known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), a family of over 4,700 chemical compounds. Widely manufactured and used in various industrial and consumer products since the middle of the 20th Century, today PFAS constitute an environmental contaminant and probable risk to human health. 

Order #40, among other things, lead to the creation of the PFAS Action Plan, which focuses on developing statewide initiatives that serve as a roadmap for state agencies as they tackle the emerging issues related to PFAS use, contamination and exposure. The plan endeavors to accomplish several goals that include the promotion and creation of PFAS standards, prevention of further environmental contamination by PFAS, coordinate PFAS research and knowledge and foster the phasing out of industrial and subsequent consumer use of the substances. 

The plan is available to view online through the following link: PFAS Action Plan.

Staff from the Environmental Management Division of the DNR will serve as presenters during the meeting. Following the presentation, 15 minutes will be provided for public comment and questions.

Additionally, written comments also may be submitted by emailing DNRPFASInquiries@wisconsin.gov. Questions in advance of the meeting may also be submitted to DNRPFASInquiries@wisconsin.gov.

The DNR asks attendees to join the meeting by 3:15 p.m. in case the meeting progresses more quickly than anticipated.

Residents can join via zoom or by phone: dial 312-626-6799; Meeting ID: 882 3389 0447