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Well cleanup funding considered by La Crosse council

Brad Williams

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The city of La Crosse could soon approve money to clean up chemical contamination in two city wells at the airport. 

The finance committee meets Thursday, and is considering spending $150,000 on preparing a work plan and remedial action for the well clean-up. 

Industrial chemicals known as PFAS have been detected in Municipal Well 23 on French Island, and it’s believed that firefighting foam used by the airport was the source of the pollution. 

Well 24 also would be included in remedial efforts.

Under the city plan, $82,500 would come from water utility funds and $67,500 from the airport operating budget.   

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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