Stories tagged: "Doug Oitzinger"

Firefighting foam is a common source of PFAS pollution. (Shutterstock)
Lawsuit Could Send Wisconsin’s PFAS Protections ‘Back Into the Dark Ages’

Environmental advocates warn of health hazards that could result from a business lobby’s bid to hamstring the DNR.

Jeff Lamont grew up in the Town of Peshtigo and returned to enjoy his retirement after 30 years as a hydrologist working on remediation sites across the country, including one on the Menominee River, which Tyco had contaminated with arsenic. Now he's involved with the citizen group monitoring the PFAS cleanup in his hometown. “It'll be decades before this has been cleaned up,” he said. (Photo by Christina Lieffring)
The Problem of ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Marinette, and the Solutions That Could Take as Long

A corporation impedes progress on tracing and fixing PFAS contamination in the local water supply—pollution that it caused.

Firefighting foam is a common source of PFAS pollution. (Shutterstock)
Marinette is Letting PFAS Polluters Off the Hook, Alderman Says

Doug Oitzinger argues the city has failed to hold JCI/Tyco, which is responsible for severe PFAS contamination in Marinette, accountable for the pollution.

Firefighting foam is invaluable for extinguishing blazes, but it also contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of man-made chemicals also found in other products. PFAS are known as "forever chemicals" because they do not easily break down in nature and become contaminants or health hazards. (Shutterstock image)
Republicans Kill DNR Rules That Would Have Protected WI Water From ‘Forever Chemicals’

Administrative Rules Committee voted along party lines to remove enforcement sections to appease industry.

Madison firefighters spray PFAS-free foam during a media demonstration earlier this year. The PFAS-free foam is an alternative to the foam produced at the Tyco plant in Marinette. (Photo by Madison Fire Department)
Public Comments Open for Tyco Plant ‘Forever Chemical’ Spill

Public comment period open through Sept. 24 on proposal to reissue wastewater permit, reducing discharge of arsenic, forever chemicals into Menominee River.