Evers Administration Proposes New Groundwater Quality Standards

The world’s most ubiquitous weed killer, Glyphosate – known commercially as Roundup – was added to a list of 27 substances that have been determined to be a threat to public health.

The proposed limits announced recently mark the first time in a decade that the state’s groundwater standards have been updated.

The recommended enforcement standard for PFAS is below the federal advisory and the same as one in place in Vermont. PFAS is a class of per- and poly-fluorinated compounds found in household items such as nonstick cookware and water-resistant clothing, as well as firefighting foam. PFAS can be hazardous to human health if ingested.

The public will have a chance to comment on the newly proposed standards during the coming months before the state Department of Natural Resources proposes rules to incorporate them. That process is expected to take two and a half years, but administration officials could seek an emergency rule to enact them sooner.

Evers declared 2019 the Year of Clean Drinking Water.