The Wisconsin Legislature convened in January 2021 for the 2021-22 legislative session. Bills relating to PFAS will be added throughout the session.
Assembly Bill 13/Senate Bill 34
Status: AB 13 introduced and referred to Committee on State Affairs (Jan. 25, 2021); SB 34 referred to Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform (Jan. 28, 2021)
These companion bills were introduced by the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules, as required by law, after the committee voted to partially suspend the DNR’s emergency rule WA-06-20 (E) on firefighting foam containing PFAS.
Status: Introduced and referred to Joint Committee on Finance (Feb. 16, 2021)
These companion bills constitute the executive budget act of the 2021 Legislature. In his proposed budget for the 2021-23 biennium, Governor Tony Evers included the following provisions related to PFAS:
Allocate $1.6 million for 11 positions at the Department of Natural Resources to develop and implement a PFAS action plan.
Allocate $2.1 million for statewide PFAS monitoring and testing.
Provide $20 million for a municipal grant program for PFAS testing and remediation.
Adds $1 million in FY 2021-22 for the collection and disposal of firefighting foam that contains PFAS.
Require various PFAS environmental standards.
As the budget process continues, these provisions may be changed or removed, and other provisions related to PFAS could be added.
Status: Introduced and referred to Committee on Natural Resources and Energy (Feb. 24, 2021)
According to the Legislative Reference Bureau: “This bill requires the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to collect and store or dispose of unused fire fighting foams that contain perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and that are voluntarily surrendered. The bill allows DATCP to contract with a third party to conduct the collection and storage or disposal. The bill requires DATCP or the third party administering the collection program to prioritize collecting from the state and from cities, villages, towns, and counties. Under the bill, any PFAS foams that are collected under the program must be stored in an environmentally safe manner until properly disposed of or treated according to DNR’s administrative rules.”