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Governor tries CLEAR water act again to fight PFAS

Brad Williams

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Will Wisconsin lawmakers pay more attention to PFAS chemicals now than they did two years ago? 

Governor Tony Evers is re-introducing the CLEAR Act, aimed at responding to PFAS contamination in drinking water.  The act was first proposed two years ago, but was not passed in the last session of the legislature. 

Lawmakers did pass a bill prohibiting firefighting foam containing PFAS, which has been blamed for PFAS showing up in dozens of wells near the La Crosse Airport. 

The governor made a short visit to French Island on Wednesday, to announce that he would support the CLEAR Act again, as a way to get clean water to areas where PFAS have been found.  

The act could provide money for testing local water supplies and setting new standards for PFAS pollution. 

Dozens of homes on French Island, near the La Crosse Airport, are receiving bottled water because hazardous levels of PFAS chemicals have been discovered in their wells. 

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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