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UPDATE: Evers looks to hire outside attorneys to handle PFAS suits

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers’ administration is looking to hire outside attorneys to potentially file lawsuits over PFAS contamination.

The administration announced Friday it will start soliciting bids from law firms.

Evers will make the final decision on who to hire.

The announcement did not say who the administration might sue. State Department of Justice spokeswoman Gillian Drummond said hiring outside counsel is in the state’s interest because it will allow the state to use attorneys with experience litigating PfAS cases and the lawsuits would require substantial DOJ resources.

The announcement comes after the state Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that elevated levels of PFAS have been found in Madison-area lakes.

Original Story: Wisconsin officials discussing legal action against PFAS contaminators

Jan 22, 2021 4:47 p.m.

(WFRV) – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has announced he and his administration are preparing to take legal action against companies responsible for PFAS contamination.

The Governor, along with Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, have asked the Department of the Administration to begin the selection of an outside law firm to help the state evaluate and pursue litigation against companies responsible.

“It is unacceptable and those companies responsible for the contamination of our land and water should be held accountable so we can move forward in cleaning up this pollution for the health and safety of our communities,” said Gov. Evers.

The Wisconsin PFAS Action Council, which was created by executive order, has helped address the issue of PFAS in the state. They created a PFAS Action Plan that includes 25 action items to tackle contaminations – one of which was pursuing legal action against corporations responsible.

Michigan, Ohio, New Hampshire and Vermont have already started legal action on possible companies responsible.

At this time, Wisconsin monitors nearly 50 sites across the state for PFAS contamination.

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