Bipartisanship isn’t a word that is common in American politics today — state or federal.

That’s why we are pleased to see two political leaders from the ranks of Republicans and Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature to work together on a growing environmental problem sweeping the State. Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, and State Senator Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, have taken steps to a bipartisan solution making headway in Madison.

The Nygren-Hansen team announced the successful results of a long, joint effort behind a bill that targets the worrisome and sprouting issue of PFAS contamination spreading in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources also supports the bill, a critical piece of legislation that would establish regularity framework to identify and stymie the flow of PFAS into the environment and sources upon which Wisconsin relies.

Local readers are very familiar with the issue because of its appearance in the city of Marinette and the town of Peshtigo and the impact it has on the area’s water supplies. Our newspaper has been on the top of the issue and keeping readers informed of the problem.

“It is a bill that will help the state regulate PFAS chemicals and ensure clean drinking water for residents in contaminated areas,” said Nygren and Hansen in a joint statement released in late January.

“This bill is another piece of legislation in response to PFAS contamination that together represent a swift and aggressive response by the state to ensure clean drinking water across the state of Wisconsin,” their announcement continued.

At the present time, more than 30 PFAS contamination sites are under investigation, according to information provided by DNR. Jay Wadd, Hansen’s chief of staff, calls the number “staggering” and cited the importance of the bill advanced by Hansen and Nygren.

There is much more to the bill promoted by our two area representatives in Madison, and the widespread concerns of the PFAS contamination problem in Wisconsin, but we are confident that the Wisconsin Legislature as a whole is working hand-in-hand with the DNR and other state and federal agencies involved in the investigations.

This is one of the most serious social problems to invade our state in recent years and it’s encouraging to see we have bipartisan support in attacking the contamination issue.