PFAS

A state task force examining the presence of the toxic chemicals PFAS in Maine has issued its preliminary recommendations to protect public health, including testing Maine's drinking water and food supplies for exposure.

Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press

More retailers and restaurants are eliminating toxic chemicals from food packaging, according to a report from the coalition Safer Chemicals Healthy Families.

State officials are confirming news reports that a wastewater treatment plant that discharges into the Kennebec River processed a quarter-million gallons of water containing an unregulated class of contaminants earlier this year.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

A new report by the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) shows that about half of the public water supplies that it tested contained PFAS chemicals.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine officials are seeking the authority to order companies to clean contamination that arises from chemicals that persist in the environment.

Maine environmental regulators are moving forward with a proposal to require manufacturers to divulge use of particular "forever chemicals" in clothing, cookware and other household items.

The company that owns Hannaford and several other major grocery chains in the United States says it is phasing out certain harmful chemicals in the packaging of its store brand foods.

Nationwide, Concerns Grow Over Tainted Sewage Sludge Spread On Croplands

Sep 15, 2019
Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

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.

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