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

Representatives from the DNR will be on hand from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Marinette Community REC Center, 2501 Pierce Ave., to answer questions and hear concerns from community members regarding PFAS cleanup and investigation.

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 first 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.

• Session 1, Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m.

• Session 2, Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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