PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a family of thousands of manufactured chemicals that are found in many everyday items, including nonstick cookware, food packaging, cleaning products, paints, and firefighting foam. PFAS are present in the bloodstream of 98 percent of Americans. Some studies have found an association between exposure to several compounds in the PFAS family and an increased risk of certain health conditions. The health effects of most PFAS have not been studied.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to propose a federal rule regulating certain PFAS in drinking water by the end of 2022 and to finalize the rule the following year. Many states, including Wisconsin, have also considered or implemented their own laws and rules concerning PFAS. Hamilton Consulting Group closely monitors legislative and regulatory developments related to PFAS at both the state and federal levels. Review the materials below for more information on PFAS in Wisconsin.