A clean water plan Dem U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Godlewski released calls for banning PFAS, fighting erosion and boosting federal spending to replace lead pipes.
The state treasurer is vying for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh.
“From forever chemicals in groundwater to lead exposure in homes, right now too many Wisconsinites can’t trust the water coming out of the tap and that’s just wrong,” Godlewski said.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are a series of chemicals found in industrial and everyday products, most notably firefighting foam. They are commonly referred to as “forever chemicals” because they do not break down easily in the environment and are linked to several diseases and cancers in humans.
According to her plan, Godlewski if elected will fight to pass legislation for the Environmental Protection Agency to designate PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances.
Under the plan, Godlewski would support tribal governments working in tandem with the U.S. government to tackle PFAS contamination issues.
The plan also states Godlewski would fight for more federal funding to replace lead laterals and ensure there are federal resources to train workers to replace lead pipes effectively.
Other objectives in the plan include:
*Working with farms and the federal government to reduce nitrogen contamination;
*Creating a federally funded Great Lakes Authority;
*Joining the Senate’s Great Lakes task force;
*Pumping more money into preventing shoreline erosion damage; and
*Discussing with farmers how to protect land from erosion and flooding.
See the release: