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PFAS News

The DNR is committed to keeping citizens and other stakeholders informed about PFAS in Wisconsin. The following list contains news releases and important information from the DNR.

2021
Date Type of Information Title and Link
June 9 News release New PFAS Fish Consumption Advisories For Yahara Chain of Lakes and Waterways to the Rock River: Elevated Levels of PFAS Found
April 16 News release PFAS In Wisconsin Webinar 2 p.m. April 19
April 15 News release New Fish Consumption Advisory For Silver Creek: Elevated Levels Of PFAS Found In Brook And Brown Trout
March 25 News release Multiple State Agencies Responding To PFAS Contamination On French Island: Interim Area-wide Drinking Water Advisory Issued For PFAS
March 5 News release DNR Continues PFAS Drinking Water Well Sampling in Town of Peshtigo
March 1 Announcement As of March 1, 2021, the DNR no longer expects regulated entities, unless otherwise directed by DNR, to sample for or laboratories to report three of the 36 PFAS compounds on the default PFAS list. Read more.
Jan. 21 News release DNR Releases Latest Sampling Results Revealing Broader PFAS Presence In Madison Area Lakes And Yahara River Chain
Jan. 15 News release New Smelt Consumption Advisory for Lake Superior: Elevated Levels of PFAS Found in Rainbow Smelt
2020
Date Type of Information Title and Link
Dec. 30 News release DNR Issues Wastewater Discharge Permit for JCI/Tyco Facility in Marinette
Dec. 16 News release Wisconsin PFAS Action Council Releases PFAS Action Plan
Dec. 16 Media briefing
Oct. 23 Announcement The Remediation and Redevelopment Program added new faces to and centralized all oversight and project management of remediation cases associated with the area-wide PFAS contamination in Marinette, Peshtigo and surrounding communities. Read more.
Sept. 30 News release DNR to Fund Sampling of Hundreds of Potable Wells for PFAS in the Town of Peshtigo
Sept. 15 News release DNR and DHS Issue Do Not Eat Advisory for Deer Liver in Five-Mile Area Surrounding JCI/Tyco Site in Marinette
Sept. 15 Info packet PFAS Deer Tissue Sampling Results and Do Not Eat Advisory for Liver of White-tailed Deer in the Marinette and Peshtigo Area (includes map and data)
Sept. 15 Flyers

What To Know About PFAS Found In Deer Liver In The Marinette and Peshtigo Area: Residents are advised not to eat liver from deer harvested in the five-mile area surrounding the JCI/Tyco site

Sept. 10 News release DNR Publishes Results Of Firefighting Department PFAS Survey
Aug. 28 News release Elevated PFAS Levels Found In Ditch Downstream Of JCI/Tyco
Aug. 6 News release DNR Public Notices Wastewater Discharge Permit for JCI/Tyco Facility in Marinette
May 7 News release PFAS Found In Sediment and Surface Water At Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern
May 7 Info packet PFAS Sampling Results in the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern (AOC) (includes maps and lab report)
April 14 News release DNR Directs JCI/Tyco To Provide Emergency Drinking Water for Three Homeowners On Private Wells Near JCI/Tyco Biosolid Applied Fields Investigation Area After Sampling Results Show High Levels of PFAS Contamination
Feb. 6 News release DNR Asking Wisconsin Fire Departments To Report Use Of PFAS-Containing Firefighting Foam
Feb. 4 News release Wisconsin PFAS Action Council (WisPAC) Developing PFAS Action Plan For State
Jan. 22 News release Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Approves DNR Effort to Create New PFAS Standards
Jan. 15 News release DHS And DNR Issue PFAS Fish Advisory For Starkweather Creek And Lake Monona
Jan. 15 Info packet DNR Sampling Shows Elevated Levels of PFAS Contamination in Fish and Surface Water in Starkweather Creek and Lake Monona
(includes map, water sampling data and fish tissue sampling data)
2019
Date Type of Information Title and Link
Dec. 19 News release DNR Confirms PFAS-Containing Foam Found at the Mouth of Starkweather Creek and Lake Monona
Dec. 19 Info packet PFAS Sampling Results of Starkweather Creek Due to Foam Sightings
(includes map and lab report)
Nov. 22 Document Preliminary comments on scope statements
Nov. 20 News release DNR Working with City of Rhinelander on PFAS Contamination in Municipal Wells
Nov. 19 Document Letter from DNR to City of Rhinelander
Oct. 30 News release DNR Confirms PFAS-Containing Foam Found in Peshtigo Area Waterways
Oct. 30 Document DNR received results for foam and water samples collected in Marinette and Peshtigo area
Oct. 24 News release DNR Responds to Foam Event on Starkweather Creek
Oct. 23 News release Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Taking More Steps to Protect Drinking Water
Oct. 18 News release Surface Water Sampling Reveals PFAS At Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport
Oct. 16 News release

DNR Sampling Shows Low Levels of PFAS Contamination In Peshtigo River

Additional information is on the Water quality PFAS initiatives page.

Oct. 7 News release

DNR's First Round of Sampling Shows PFAS Contamination at Surface Water Monitoring Locations in Wisconsin

Additional information is on the Water quality PFAS initiatives page.

Aug. 2 News release

DNR announces results of Madison PFAS contamination pilot study

Additional information is on the Environmental and Health Impacts of PFAS page, in the Environmental Impacts tab.

July 22 News release DNR taking more steps to protect Wisconsin drinking water
July 22 Documents Letter from DNR to Municipal Wastewater Facilities
June 21 News release DHS, DNR, DATCP Work to Make Groundwater Cleaner
April 10 News release DNR and DHS Work Together to Improve Water Quality in Wisconsin
April 10 Document Letter from DNR to DHS: Request for State Groundwater Quality Standard Recommendations under ch. 160, Stats. [PDF] (Cycle 11)
April 10 Document Letter from DNR to City of Madison and Madison Water Utility: Pilot Project to Review Land Uses Near Madison Wells 15 and 16 [PDF]
2018
Date Type of Information Title and Link
March 2 Document Letter from DNR to DHS: Request for Recommendations for State Groundwater Quality Standards [PDF] (Cycle 10)