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“State environmental regulators and health officials are advising people to limit fish they consume from a creek in Monroe County due to unsafe levels of so-called forever chemicals known as PFAS. 

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Health Services have issued a fish consumption advisory for brook and brown trout in Monroe County’s Silver Creek, which flows through Fort McCoy. It’s the first such advisory for inland trout species in the state. 

Officials are advising people to eat no more than one meal per month. The advisory is based on guidelines established by the Great Lakes Consortium, which recommends no more than one meal per month when PFOS levels are in the range of 50 and 200 parts per billion.

Sean Strom, a DNR toxicologist, said monitoring showed levels around 60 parts per billion within the fish. That’s much higher than the state’s recommended groundwater standard of 20 parts per trillion for PFAS chemicals. Strom said the reason is that PFAS tends to bioaccumulate or become more concentrated in people and fish…”