City of La Crosse is drafting plan to comply with state’s PFAS testing requirement

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- The City of La Crosse is working on a plan to comply with the state’s new PFAs testing program.

Beginning in November, the state of Wisconsin will require municipalities to test water systems for the “forever chemicals”. PFAs are man-made compounds that don’t easily break down. They can accumulate in the body, and have been linked to infertility, Thyroid disease, and cancer.

Back in 2018, The City of La Crosse tested three of its wells around the airport. Two were contaminated and shut down. But- La Crosse has yet to test all of its wells.

According to the city’s spokeswoman, staff are assessing the new state requirements and developing a testing protocol.

Under the new guidelines, results must be made public.