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Maine passes first PFAS biosolids ban, taking stand against forever chemicals
by Brooks Hays

United Press International    Translate This Article
10 May 2022

On 10 May 2022 United Press International reported: Maine has become the first state to ban fertilizer using sewage sludge containing 'forever chemicals' -- synthetic compounds found in items from food wrappers to carpeting that fail to break down in the environment. The move, along with a ban approved last year on all PFAS-containing products, puts Maine at the forefront of the fight against per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which have been linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer and high cholesterol. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of science and health, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

... The practice of sludge spreading started in the 1970s as a cheap way for farmers to replenish nutrients in soil. ... What farmers didn't know was that some sludge being applied to their fields contained PFAS, a class of compounds first developed by 3M and Dupont, which have been used in a litany of products and materials to boost resiliency against fire, water, grease, stains, and more. ... Because of the stubborn persistence of forever chemicals, even farms that were never treated with tainted sludge have been affected.

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