Town of Campbell asks City of La Crosse to expand contaminated well testing area again

TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (WKBT)- Put pressure on the City of La Crosse. That’s the message from the Town of Campbell to it’s homeowners, after a growing number of their wells have tested positive for contamination. 

Homeowners are frustrated and scared, after more than 100 private wells have tested positive for PFAS.  The dangerous compound has been linked to infertility, thyroid disease, and cancer.  PFAS was used to produce the fire-fighting foam sprayed at the La Crosse Airport, that according to the city’s own tests, spread. The levels in nearly half of the homes the city has tested around the airport are so high, The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says the water is unsafe to drink, cook with, or use to brush your teeth. And, there could be many others. We don’t know how many, because the City of La Crosse refuses to expand it’s testing area. 

A handful homeowners, outside the city’s testing zone, have paid up to $425 out of pocket for their own test. Every one has come back positive for at least detectable levels of PFAS; including the well of US Congressman Ron Kind. Kind’s wife Tawni told the Town of Campbell board, she had their well tested after her son was diagnosed with testicular cancer. “Obviously it’s stressful for everyone; especially since our son had cancer. It really makes me suspicious, because. It’s scary”, says Tawni Kind.

The fear is real for homeowners whose wells have tested positive for PFAS and for those who don’t know because can’t afford the test on their own  They are pleading with the City of La Crosse, which has taken responsibility for the contamination, to find out how far it’s really spread. “Do the right thing for everyone on this call. Do the right thing”, says Campbell Supervisor Lee Donahue.  

The Town of Campbell drafter a letter for the second tine, asking the City of La Crosse to expand its testing area. The city has yet to respond. 

Some homeowners have hired an attorney who served the city with a “notice of circumstances of claim and injury.”, required by law, before a party can sue municipality.