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PFAS in Maine's drinking water and aquatic environments

Hands cupping water from a hose and alewives in yellow-stained stream water

The problem of PFAS in Maine’s environment has prompted concerted statewide efforts to find ways to eliminate these “forever chemicals” from wastewater and drinking water. We’ll learn about the challenges facing water and sewer districts across the state, and what they’re doing to reduce the risks posed by PFAS—and to find innovative solutions.

Panelists:

Tim Wade, President, Maine Water Environment Association

Roger Crouse, Chair, Maine Water Utilities Association

VIP Callers:

Onur Apul, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Scott Firmin, Director of Wastewater Services, Portland Water District

Howard Carter, Director of Water Resources Recovery Department, Saco

Amanda Smith, Director, Bangor Department of Water Quality Management

Resources:

PFOA and PFOS, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Maine DWP - PFAS in Public Water Systems

Maine DEP identifies 34 towns with high-priority sites PFAS chemicals testing | Maine Public

High PFAS levels found in drinking water throughout Maine, according to latest state report | Maine Public

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.