More Testing Necessary to Determine Extent of PFAS Contamination in Marinette County
05/21/2020- While they elected to suspend sampling of private drinking water wells near fields where PFAS-contaminated biosolids have been spread in Marinette County, JCI/Tyco is expected to resume that activity within the next week. The company informed the DNR and residents in March that, in the interest of the health and safety of their employees, they would halt the testing of private wells for PFAS contamination during the COVID-19 outbreak. It was one of a series of requests they submitted to the DNR for timeline variances on the different site investigations related to contamination from the manufacturing and testing of their firefighting foam and while some of those requests were approved, Bridget Kelly with the DNR says others, like sampling of potable wells in the expanded investigation area near their Fire Technology Center, were not.
On more than one occasion, JCI/Tyco has come out as saying that analysis of contamination at some of the affected sites reveals characteristics of PFAS not related to what they produce and they believe there are other responsible parties in the matter beyond themselves and ChemDesign. The DNR’s Dave Neste says the company can make that claim, but it’s also up to JCI to investigate it.
The DNR provided these updates to the public at their latest listening session on the PFAS contamination in the Marinette and Town of Peshtigo areas Wednesday. While the agency had previously been hosting these meetings monthly, they are now moving to a bi-monthly schedule and have set the next meeting date for July 15th.