Gavel Drops: Rules First, Then Regulation

Gavel Drops: Rules First, Then Regulation

If Wisconsin wants to enforce rules for so-called forever chemicals, then the state needs to write those rules first.

A judge in Waukesha yesterday essentially froze Wisconsin’s efforts to force companies to clean-up PFAS chemicals. The judge says there are no official standards for the chemicals in either state law or in the rules at the Department of Natural Resources, so there can’t be any enforcement. DNR and environmental groups have suggested rules, but the legislature and the DNR board have not formally approved them.

ruling came in a lawsuit from the state’s largest business group, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, that said DNR was breaking the law by trying to force companies to pay for clean-ups without spelling out just what they were cleaning-up.

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