Officials under fire for not publicizing high PFAS levels in Lake Monona after substation fire

Source:, October 3, 2019
By: Chris Hubbuch

An environmental watchdog is criticizing state and local officials for not doing more to warn the public that potentially dangerous levels of hazardous chemicals made their way into Lake Monona in the days after the July 19 transformer explosion in Downtown Madison.

Water samples collected on July 25 at storm sewer outlets near a popular shoreline fishing area showed high concentrations of fluorinated chemicals — broadly referred to as PFAS — that could build up in fish. Read more.

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