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PFAS testing in La Crosse County could be expanded

Brad Williams

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How much farther will local officials go to look for hazardous chemicals in La Crosse area well water? 

More than 100 wells have been tested near the La Crosse airport, but Carol Engle-Drury, an environmental health manager for La Crosse County, says the PFAS chemicals have not turned up in other places.    

The PFAS have been traced to firefighting foam used at the city-owned airport, and one local attorney suggests the city of La Crosse could be sued over the contamination.              

Engle-Drury tells a county committee that the well testing might be expanded in the near future.    

Over 100 wells near the airport have been tested, with 45 showing PFAS levels above government standards. 

The city says Washington required the airport to use firefighting foam containing PFAS.      

All but 4 homes where high levels were found have accepted bottled water provided by the city of La Crosse.   

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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