I live downstream of Truax Field in Madison, AKA Dane
County Regional Airport. So I've spent a lot of time on that
particular mess. Other sites I have looked at either are
particularly bad or I know someone who lives there.
Finding the Reports
This is not PFAS 101 and I am not attempting to duplicate a lot of
information you can get elsewhere. Mostly I am trying to make
sense out of site investigation workplans and reports. These tend
to be complex. I find myself learning new things each time I
My objective is to fill in some of the gap between these reports
and what you see in news stories and on municipal websites which
are intended for 8th grade readers. My target is the motivated
reader who is willing to spend the time to understand them and who
could use some hints.
I try to sprinkle some of the better resources I have found to
illustrate the concepts. Often these come in the form of slides
Having trouble with the technical jargon? Try looking at the
images. I learn a lot from them. If you see something interesting,
you can always do a web search on the terms to get a better
The Wisconsin DNR maintains a database for documentation
on contaminated sites called BRRTS
(Bureau for Remediation and Redevelopment Tracking System).
You can search it here.
- substance dropdown, choose PFAS
- picking a county or municipality can help to narrow down to
a usable list
- there can be multiple pages for a site - Truax currently has
6 if you include all nearby potential sites
- you have to check all of them for new entries, especially
where multiple responsible parties have been identified