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The Interior Department is giving 24 states a total of $560 million to start cleaning high-priority derelict oil and gas wells abandoned on state and private land.
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Residents want regulators to force the bitcoin miner that took over an old coal plant to clean up coal ash contaminating water.
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While many private wells provide safe water, the absence of regulation and treatment afforded by larger municipal systems may expose some users to health risks, from bacteria and viruses to chemicals and lead.
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Marshfield and Adams have joined the list of Wisconsin cities that have shut down municipal wells due to PFAS contamination.
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There are an estimated 15,000 abandoned wells on federal land — and states have indicated that they would need more than $8 billion to clean up 130,000 other orphaned wells.”
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The city council in La Crosse has decided to spend another $25,000 on bottled water for town of Campbell residents with PFAS-contaminated wells.
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There are over 3 million abandoned oil and gas wells in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency. And Interior officials say that wells have been exposing millions of people to air and water pollution for decades.
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Amid federal uncertainty, two of Illinois’ most notorious coal ash storage sites will likely test new cleanup rules adopted this year.