PFAS

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Advocates are urging state lawmakers to hold manufacturers of so-called “forever chemicals” accountable.

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Some environmental health advocates say the final recommendations released this week from a state task force examining a family of chemicals known as PFAS are too weak.

The U.S. House has passed a bill sponsored by Maine’s two House members that would regulate PFAS, a group of forever chemicals that have been linked to health issues such as cancer.

Maine Public File

Maine's two Democratic Representatives to Congress say they want federal agencies to better regulate a group of forever chemicals known as PFAS.

ARUNDEL, Maine - A Maine dairy farmer who has spoken out about contamination from "forever chemicals" in the state says he has been denied help from a federal assistance program.

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.

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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
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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.

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