MADISON, Wis. — The Department of Natural Resources is holding a listening session in Marinette on Wednesday, Nov. 20 to seek public input on PFAS contamination in the Marinette-Peshtigo area.

Representatives from the DNR will be on hand from Noon-1:30 p.m., and again from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Marinette Community REC Center, 2501 Pierce Ave., to answer questions, hear concerns from community members regarding PFAS cleanup and investigation and discuss the agency’s PFAS monitoring program for fish. Staff will also be available from 1:30-3:30 p.m. to answer one-on-one questions from the public.

PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a group of human-made chemicals used for decades in numerous products including non-stick cookware, fast food wrappers, stain-resistant sprays, and certain types of firefighting foam.

These legacy contaminants have made their way into the environment through accidental spills of PFAS-containing materials, discharges of PFAS-containing wastewater to treatment plants and certain types of firefighting foams.

The meeting is the third in a series of six meetings the DNR will hold in the area as part of the department’s effort to provide open and ongoing communication via monthly, in-person forums, where residents can meet with DNR and Department of Health Services staff.

All sessions will be held at the Community REC Center. Please visit the DNR’s web site for more information on PFAS.

• Session 3, Weds., Nov. 20, 2019, Noon-1:30 p.m. & 6:00-7:30 p.m.

• Session 4, Weds., Dec. 18, 2019, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

• Session 5, Weds., Jan. 15, 2020, Noon-1:30 p.m. & 6:00-7:30 p.m.

• Session 6, Weds., Feb. 19, 2020, 6:00-7:30 p.m.