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More PFAS detected in French Island well testing



The town of Campbell is still waiting for official results from the latest round of well-testing to find PFAS chemicals.  But the reports they’ve gotten so far do not sound encouraging. 

Town clerk Cassie Hanan tells the county emergency planning committee that the ground water pollution is turning up in more places, saying that even on the south end of the island, PFAS levels are exceeding 20 parts per trillion.    

About 200 wells near the La Crosse airport have been tested recently, for traces of chemicals contained in firefighting foam used by the airport, and half of the wells have chemicals above the “concern” level.  

The DNR has a commitment to supply bottled water to affected households for a 6-month period.   

Hanan says well water at government buildings on the island has been tested again recently, with higher levels being reported than at the end of 2020.

Test results could be reported by the DNR within the next couple of months.


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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