Evers looks to hire outside attorneys to handle PFAS suits

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.

Spokeswoman for Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul didn't immediately respond to messages inquiring about the targets of potential litigation and why the state Justice Department wouldn't handle those cases.

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

“PFAS can have devastating effects not only on our state’s ecosystem and vital natural resources, but on the health of our families and communities across the state,” said Gov. Evers. “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.”

PFAS are man-made chemicals found in a number of products, including fire-fighting foam.

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