The Department of Natural Resources will hold an online listening session today, July 15, to seek public input on PFAS contamination in Marinette, Peshtigo and surrounding communities. The meeting is the ninth in a series of 11 meetings the DNR will host for area residents.
Representatives from the DNR and the Department of Health Services will be on hand from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to provide a brief overview, answer questions and hear concerns from community members about PFAS investigation, cleanup and any health-related issues.
PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a group of human-made chemicals used for decades in numerous products, including non-stick cookware, fast food wrappers, stain-resistant sprays and certain types of firefighting foam.
These contaminants have made their way into the environment through accidental spills of PFAS-containing materials, discharges of PFAS-containing wastewater to treatment plants and certain types of firefighting foams.
The online sessions will be conducted via Zoom web and video conferencing. Participants can join the session via the preceding link, or by dialing 312-626-6799 and using this meeting ID number: 938 1582 3633. Pre-registration is not required.
Participants are strongly encouraged to submit questions in advance through email at DNRJCIPFAS@wisconsin.gov or by telephone at 888-626-3244.
Learn more about how to participate in the listening session here.