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Govt continues to fail on PFAS



One of the frustrations of government is that even when our elected officials identify a problem, and have the ability to solve it, they still drag their feet. Case in point is the PFAS problem on French Island. We know that these PFAS, known as forever chemicals, are all around us. The presence of the chemicals in our drinking water has had people on French Island drinking bottled water for more than a year. They have been found in many other Wisconsin communities, and across the country. In the case of French Island, the contamination has been traced to the use of firefighting foam at the La Crosse airport. Yet our government still hasn’t banned the use of the foam. The chemicals are also traced to non-stick cookware, food packaging and some clothing. Yet our government still has not banned them, and for the most part hasn’t even determined what levels of the chemicals are acceptable. As a result, the chemicals continue to pose a growing health risk. That is why it is incumbent on the United States Senate to pass legislation to better protect our health by banning the chemicals and remove the existing contamination. Protecting our drinking water and our health is the responsibility of our government, but in the case of PFAS, our government continues to fail us.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Nick Berry

    November 14, 2022 at 9:15 am

    Both federal and state have failed and it is immoral.
    The federal government because they do not have tough standards.
    This is a no-brainer and should have overwhelming support from both parties.
    The state since they are sitting on a huge budget surplus. The state should not be waiting on federal laws or federal money. And, they should no be waiting on lawsuits against manufacturers.
    We , the people, should demand action start now. How, we should flat out tell our newly elected or re- elected state representatives either fix it now or we will put people in office that will . That message they will understand.
    There should be a lot more outcry over this when your health is at stake than a lot of other things that we anguish over like the state of a sports team.

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