Contamination at Firefighting Test Site Spurs Lawsuit
Johnson Controls Inc. and Tyco Fire Products LP are being sued by the Wisconsin attorney general for violations of the state’s hazardous-substance spills law, saying they failed to report or remediate the discharge of PFAS into groundwater around the Marinette Fire Technology Center. The foam had previously been discharged into the city’s sanitary sewer system and treated by its wastewater treatment facility. However, there appeared a plume of groundwater contamination at and around the site and some time before 2013 at levels in excess of what the U.S. EPA recommends for drinking water, which had not been investigated by Tyco and Johnson. The complaint alleges that Tyco and Johnson needed to but failed to notify the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources about these elevated PFAS levels from November 2013 to January 2018. The suit seeks an order requiring Johnson and Tyco to complete investigation and cleanup of the PFAS contamination, as well as monetary penalties.
March 14, 2022 | State of Wisconsin v. Tyco Fire Products LP et al. Case No. 2022CX000001 (Marinette County Circuit Court)