Monday, March 25th

PESHTIGO – A manufacturer of fire-retardant foam whose operations have polluted groundwater and streams that have reached Lake Michigan is offering to connect residents that have tainted drinking water to the City of Marinette’s municipal system.

Heat vapors rise during hands-on fire training at Tyco Fire Product's training facility in Marinette in 2007. The company is currently assessing the extent of contamination from its firefighting foam.(Photo: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis)

Representatives of Tyco Fire Products — a unit of Johnson Controls International of Glendale — said Wednesday that the company is proposing to provide an estimated 100 property owners with a new water supply and believes Marinette’s water system is the best option.

The offer came at a public meeting, called by Tyco, to provide an update on the extent of the contamination from company operations and how it plans to clean it up.

However, details are still being fleshed out and Marinette’s mayor said talks with the city have been preliminary.