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City of La Crosse starting to test ground water for PFAS

Brad Williams

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Wisconsin’s DNR has voted this week to restrict the use of firefighting foam that contains dangerous chemicals called PFAS. 

That decision comes as La Crosse offers to test water in private wells near the airport, where those chemicals have been discovered in small amounts in city-owned wells. 

The problem has only been found in two wells so far, but more than 100 water wells on French Island may be at risk of contamination from PFAS chemicals. 

The substance found in firefighting foam apparently seeped into the ground after fire drills conducted years ago at the airport.    

People living in a specific testing zone who want their water sampled will get results about a month after the sample is taken. 

If the chemicals are in a well, the city will provide bottled water to the family while cleaning takes place.  

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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