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“MADISON – Republicans will allow standards for ‘forever chemicals’ to take effect in Wisconsin after years of heated debate over the topic. 

According to Mike Mikalson, chief of staff for Sen. Steve Nass, legislators will not object to the standards suggested by the Natural Resources Board earlier this year, and they will be sent to the state Department of Natural Resources for implementation. Nass is one of the two co-chairs of the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules, which had jurisdiction over the rules. 

The rules will now go before DNR Secretary Preston Cole for final approval, before they can be submitted to the Wisconsin Administrative Register, said Sarah Hoye, the communications director for the agency. The rules will go into effect exactly one month after they’re submitted to the register. 

The rules will set the action standard for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water at 70 parts per trillion, the same number as the federal government’s guidance issued in 2016. PFOA and PFOS are two of the most well-researched compounds in the PFAS family.

For surface water, standards will set an action limit for PFOS at 8 parts per trillion for all waters except those that cannot naturally support fish and do not have downstream waters that support fish. For PFOA, the preventive action limit would be 20 parts per trillion for waters classified as public water supplies, and 95 parts per trillion for other surface waters. 

Local governments and other entities impacted by the new rules will have a certain amount of time to come into compliance, but that 

The move was celebrated by environmental groups, who said this was the first bit of meaningful progress for Wisconsin when it comes to PFAS. 

‘These standards are an important step down the long road we must all walk together to fix this mess,’ said Scott Laeser, Water Program Director for Clean Wisconsin.”…