Big-money lobbyists against regulating PFAS

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and four other special interest groups opposed to bills aimed at regulating so-called “forever chemicals” have spent more than $13.3 million on lobbying and elections in the last five years.

The bills they oppose, Assembly Bills 842 and 843 and Senate Bills 772 and 773, would fund research, clean-up efforts, and create enforcement standards for PFAS, which are hazardous chemicals that do not break down in the environment or human body.

...Collectively, the five groups that oppose the bills have spent nearly $8.5 million on electioneering activities and campaign contributions between January 2015 and June 2019 – all to benefit Republican legislative and statewide candidates. In addition, they have spent more than $4.8 million on lobbying between January 2015 and December 2019. Here’s a snapshot of who they are:...

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Ken Notes: Read this article. There is a fear of costs and the "primary responsible parties" part of any cleanup. This cost us much of our paper industry in the past and PFAS may put many at risk in the future. Imagine what would happen if every local fire department were billed millions because they trained with foam not to mention the impact on communities that have no cost effective way to remove PFAS from the drinking water. We need to identify COST EFFECTIVE solutions as we continue to identify the problem. We can and should stop the use of PFAS now and work together on solutions for the future.



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