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Bill proposes more regulation of “forever chemicals”

Madison (WQOW) – A new bill is being discussed that would regulate PFAS.

The chemicals known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are man-made substances that can be found in food, nonstick cookware, firefighting foam and more.

The chemicals don’t break down and can accumulate over time, causing harm to your body.

The bill, proposed Tuesday, would only allow PFAS to be used in firefighting foam and testing under DNR-approved conditions.

According to the CDC, high amounts of PFAS may affect growth development, reproduction and thyroid function. There have also been studies linking PFAS in drinking water to cancer.

Last week, Governor Evers directed state agencies to move forward with enforcement standards for drinking and surface water containing PFAS.

Those standards would only allow 20 parts per trillion for two of the most common PFAS. Before, 70 parts per trillion were allowed.

McKenna Alexander

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