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Johnson Controls sets aside $140m to clean up PFAS

August 6, 2019

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Johnson Controls International is devoting $140 million to address pollutants from firefighting foam in northeastern Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the company’s third-quarter earnings report indicates it will set the money aside to clean-up pollution from PFAS in Marinette, where its Tyco Fire Products unit is based. PFAS are man-made chemicals found in products such as firefighting foam, non-stick cookware and fast-food wrappers.

Tyco has been testing firefighting foam in Marinette for decades. It began investigating the foam’s effect in groundwater in Marinette and the Town of Peshtigo in 2017.

State environmental officials ordered Johnson Controls in July to broaden its assessment of the contamination by testing soil, groundwater and surface water.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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