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Money for PFAS and climate change to be discussed by La Crosse’s city council

Brad Williams

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Funding for PFAS testing and climate change will be discussed by La Crosse city council members during its May meetings. 

Later this week, the city finance committee will be asked to spend up to $150,000 more on efforts to find and eliminate PFAS chemicals in wells near the La Crosse airport.  

The money is likely to come from the city’s existing contingency fund, and money set aside for airport use. 

Another proposal for the committee calls for $187,000 to be spent on hiring a consultant to lead local sustainability programs. 

Money for that effort would be transferred from Xcel energy credits and the city’s floodplain program. 

Some of the funds would go to pay for legal services related to PFAS chemicals. 

This week’s two council committee meetings, on Tuesday and Thursday nights, will be held at the Southside Neighborhood Center on 6th Street.  Several meetings will happen there, while the city council chambers go through asbestos removal and a makeover.  

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.