PFAS

Nationwide, Concerns Grow Over Tainted Sewage Sludge Spread On Croplands

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For more than 20 years, the eastern Michigan town of Lapeer sent leftover sludge from its sewage treatment plant to area farms, supplying them with high-quality, free fertilizer while avoiding the expense of disposal elsewhere.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - A utility in northern Maine will need to find a new way of disposing of wastewater sludge after tests revealed soil from fields used to spread the sludge are higher than the state threshold for a class of chemicals.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Emergency Management Agency plans to survey fire departments across the state about a firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals.

New Hampshire is at the forefront of a growing debate over PFAS chemical contamination in drinking water. And many of the Democrats campaigning to win the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary are taking notice.

They’re using the issue to connect with a highly engaged block of potential Granite State voters – and local PFAS activists are welcoming the attention.


AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Legislature has passed a bill aimed at prohibiting the sale of food packaging with certain potentially toxic chemicals.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Environment and health advocates gathered at the State House Wednesday morning to urge legislators to ban certain food-packaging that contain synthetic chemicals known as PFAS and phthalates.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

AUGUSTA, Maine - Wastewater treatment plants across Maine are working quickly to meet a deadline to begin testing municipal sludge for so-called forever chemicals.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection announced Friday that it will require new testing for all sludge material licensed for land application in the state.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Two weeks after Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order to study the prevalence of a family of chemicals that pose potential public health risks, environment and health advocates are urging her to do more. They staged their call to action Tuesday at a dairy farm in Arundel, where contamination from the chemicals known as PFAS was discovered two years ago.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A new Maine task force will review the prevalence of highly toxic chemicals linked to health threats ranging from cancer to decreased fertility.