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“MADISON, Wis. — A group representing residents in the Town of Peshtigo have reached a $17.5 million settlement with Tyco, a company that produces firefighting foam in Wisconsin near Marinette, over contamination of a manmade set of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — or PFAS.

The settlement includes $15 million for damages to human health and property values to Peshtigo residents whose wells have been contaminated with PFAS. It also allots $2.5 million for individuals in the area diagnosed with testicular cancer; kidney cancer; ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, and preeclampsia. 

PFAS are commonly used in producing firefighting foam and were discharged into the environment for years at Tyco’s Fire Technology Center when producing and testing the foam. The company said they are no longer allowing firefighting foam to discharge into the environment.

Tyco’s now parent company Johnson Controls has been working with the Department of Natural Resources on identifying contamination and getting people affected clean drinking water.

Lawyers representing Peshtigo residents called the class-action suit a milestone…”