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PFAS: What's in Gov. Evers' Executive Budget Proposal?

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' Executive Budget continues his Administration's emphasis on addressing contamination from per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). 

Below is a summary of PFAS-related items included in the Department of Administration's 2021-23 Budget in Brief document:

  • Allocate more than $1.6 million over the 2021-23 biennium and create 10 permanent full-time equivalent (FTE) positions and one four-year project FTE position at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to develop and implement a PFAS Action Plan. (The Evers Administration's PFAS Action Plan is available here.)
  • Provide more than $2.1 million over the two-year budget biennium for statewide PFAS monitoring and testing.
  • Provide $10 million each of the next two years for a municipal grant program for testing and remediation of PFAS by local units of government.
  • Provide $1 million over the next year for the collection and disposal of PFAS-containing firefighting foam.
  • Establish "various environmental standards" for PFAS. 
  • Provide more than $200,000 over biennium and one additional faculty position at the State Laboratory of Hygiene "to conduct research and provide outreach and training to help reduce PFAS and other emerging contaminant exposures and associated adverse environmental and health impacts in the state."

Evers' budget proposal faces strong headwinds in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) said that Republicans would set Evers' budget aside, signaling that Republicans would work to build their own two-year spending plan for the state. 

"The budget proposes significant resources for the monitoring and testing of PFAS. Public water systems provide drinking water to approximately 75 percent of the state’s population. This budget includes $750,000 in fiscal year 2021-22 to test public water supply wells deemed most susceptible to PFAS contamination. The Governor proposes $55,000 annually to survey 44 large rivers across the state annually to analyze and track trends in water quality related to PFAS. The Department of Natural Resources estimates that the proposed waterways drain approximately 80 percent of the state's land mass. To better obtain sampling results for PFAS in effluent from wastewater permittees, the Governor proposes $25,000 annually in testing for wastewater treatment facilities."


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