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Town of Campbell again asks La Crosse for well testing

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TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (WXOW) - The Town of Campbell is once again asking the City of La Crosse to test all private wells on French Island for PFAS contamination.

The request Monday follows up on a letter the town sent the city last Tuesday after an initial request for well testing was denied in December.

La Crosse is providing free testing and bottled water to residents of part of Campbell identified by a study based on groundwater flow from the airport due to chemicals present in federally mandated firefighting foam.

Exposure over time to the chemicals have been linked to health issues such as cancer and birth defects.

The town said in the letter that "The City's contamination now exists in more than 100 private wells on French Island, and that number is likely to grow with testing."

The letter goes on to say, "Every day that goes by without complete testing, is a day that more than 4,000 men, women and children bear the agonizing uncertainty of knowing whether their water is safe to drink. 4,000 residents deserve to know they are not being poisoned by PFAS contamination."

The city hasn't responded yet to a request by WXOW for comment.

News app viewers can read the letter here.

03-01-21-Letter-to-the-City

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