ABOUT THIS SERIES
Maine faces widespread contamination due to PFAS, “forever chemicals” in ubiquitous use and now polluting wells, public water supplies, farmland and food chains. This series explores the pathways by which PFAS cycle through Maine’s environment and the far-reaching repercussions these enduring chemicals will have.
“Forever chemicals” in Maine raise many questions for residents; here are some preliminary answers
The price of PFAS: ‘Forever chemicals’ generate boundless costs
Maine’s strong policy response could mitigate future expenses, but short-term expenditures are proliferating and many costs remain untallied.
The long road to recovering PFAS damages
With Maine facing escalating costs from contamination due to ‘forever chemicals,’ work is under way to recoup some losses.
Forever exposure, forever anxiety: Coping with the inescapable toxicity of PFAS
Found in water, air, soil, food, consumer products and work settings, “forever chemicals” pose risks to both physical health and mental well-being.
Maine’s law to reduce PFAS in products is off to a slow start
Under Maine’s phased-in PFAS ban, manufacturers will soon be required to report on PFAS types and volumes in products, but the state is granting many businesses a 6-month extension.
How you can reduce your PFAS body burden
Individual actions can minimize exposure to “forever chemicals" until policy measures, like Maine’s ban on PFAS in products, take effect.
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