MADISON, WI (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has signed an executive order to curb polyfluoroalkyl pollution.
The substances, known as PFAS, are man-made chemicals that have been used for decades in fire-fighting foam, non-stick cookware and fast-food wrappers.
Evers’ office announced Friday that he signed an order Thursday calling on state environmental and agricultural officials to set up a website on PFAS, collaborate with wastewater treatment plants to identify PFAS sources, consider PFAS when developing wildlife consumption advisories, develop regulatory standards for PFAS and create a Department of Natural Resources council that will develop an action plan for dealing with PFAS.
Evers ordered the DNR in June to adopt a new enforcement standard for PFAS of 20 parts per trillion. The federal standard is 70 parts per trillion.
According to federal environmental officials, studies have shown PFAS can cause reproductive, developmental, liver and kidney problems in laboratory animals.