MILWAUKEE (AP) — Johnson Controls International is devoting $140 million to clean up pollutants from firefighting foam in northeastern Wisconsin.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the company’s third-quarter earnings report states 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 on 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.