MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – The government of Governor Tony Evers announced Friday that it would hire outside lawyers to potentially file lawsuits over PFAS contamination.
The government announced it will seek offers from law firms to evaluate and pursue litigation against companies responsible for the pollution. Evers will make the final decision on who to hire.
The announcement did not say who the administration could sue. Evers spokeswoman and Attorney General Josh Kaul did not immediately respond to messages asking about the objectives of potential litigation and why the Justice Department would not handle these cases.
The announcement comes after the State Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that elevated PFAS levels were detected in the lakes in the Madison area. PFAS are man-made chemicals that are found in a number of products, including fire-fighting foam.
Wisconsin regulators are monitoring nearly 50 locations across the state for PFAS contamination, according to the Evers government. Earlier this month, Peshtigo residents reached a $ 17.5 million settlement with Tyco Fire Products and two other companies over PFAS contamination from fire-fighting foam.