Board OKs Wisconsin DNR drafting new PFAS restrictions

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources board has unanimously approved allowing the agency to begin drafting regulations implementing restrictions on firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals.  The DNR must write regulations implementing the restrictions by September.

Firefighting foam was banned in February except in emergencies and testing at facilities with DNR-approved containment and disposal protocols.  Fire departments can still store and contain firefighting foam that contains PFAS, and they’re not required to dispose of it, but can do so for a cost.

The DNR has been surveying fire departments to see if they are storing firefighting foam that contain PFAS. The agency is finalizing the results of that survey.  For additional information on PFAS visit the DNR at

https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Contaminants/PFAS.html