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La Crosse board OKs $50,000 for PFAS “forever chemical” work on French Island



FILE - On May 13, 2022, US Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin speaks with Lee Anderson, water utility superintendent for the city of La Crosse, at Well 23 on French Island, over the PFAS situation that's been ongoing for well over a year.

The city of La Crosse plans to continue its investigation of groundwater contamination by PFAS “forever chemicals” at the city airport.

The board of public works Monday endorsed a request for $50,000 to fund the remediation work planned for 2023.

The plans include more sampling of groundwater at or near the airport.

Hundreds of families on French Island have been using bottled water for two years, because their wells are contaminated with chemicals from firefighting foam used for decades at the airport.

The board of public works gave the OK for a change order for a consulting firm that’s looking for PFAS chemicals in groundwater at the airport. The same issue is being considered by the city council judiciary committee this month.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) meets with Town of Campbell community leaders to discuss PFAS contamination in the wells there in May of 2022. (PHOTO: Brad Williams).

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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  1. nick

    January 31, 2023 at 8:21 am

    This should have been a long time ago

    • Kent Porter

      January 31, 2023 at 10:10 am

      not enough to fix the problem the city created !!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Kent Porter

    January 31, 2023 at 10:06 am

    So the La Crosse board was so generous to give 50 k for peefas remediation , but more than willing to shell out over 2 million dollars for HOMELESS folks that don’t want to get off of drugs or alcohol , that is COVID money , don’t you think the covid money should go to TAX payers that the COVID money came from to begin with , I don’t know if we can vote these people off of the BOARD but we better get busy doing just that , People on French Island are part of La Crosse , pay city taxes to La Crosse , pipe in water to them so their kids don’t get sick , The city fire dept. sprayed this crap all over the airport so the CITY OF LA CROSSE should fix this NOW !!!!!!!!!!! Write in Kent Porter for Mayor , vote out these board people , I will donate half my Mayor pay to sienors and veterans , THEY EARNED IT !!!!!

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