Patrick MacRoy's blog

08.30.2017
The devastating tragedies of Flint, Michigan , and East Chicago, Indiana , demonstrate that lead exposure remains an urgent public health crisis in this country. Effective and affordable solutions exist, however—if we choose to implement them. Those are the central messages of an authoritative report , “10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure,” released this morning by the Health Impact Project , a joint effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable...+ Read more
05.29.2019
Our recent work tackling toxic PFAS chemicals (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances) has taken us from farm fields in rural Maine to the nation’s capital. Here’s a peek into our efforts on the state and national fronts to tackle the growing crisis of PFAS contamination in our food, water, and soil. On the National Front Earlier this month, I joined parents, children, farmers, and others directly impacted by PFAS contamination from around the country in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress...+ Read more
06.26.2019
Our recent work tackling toxic PFAS chemicals (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances) has taken us from farm fields in rural Maine to the nation’s capital. Here’s a peek into our efforts on the state and national fronts to tackle the growing crisis of PFAS contamination in our food, water, and soil. ( Read the first installment of our “Tackling Toxic PFAS” series here .) After the devastating PFAS contamination of Fred Stone’s dairy farm in Arundel, Maine, made headlines across the country...+ Read more
06.28.2019
Our recent work tackling toxic PFAS chemicals (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances) has taken us from farm fields in rural Maine to the nation’s capital. Here’s a peek into our efforts on the state and national fronts to tackle the growing crisis of PFAS contamination in our food, water, and soil. (Read the first installment of our “Tackling Toxic PFAS” series here , and the second installment here .) Most of us here in Maine assumed when we read back in March that the “ State says sludge...+ Read more
07.12.2019
Our recent work tackling toxic PFAS chemicals (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances) has taken us from farm fields in rural Maine to the nation’s capital. Here’s a peek into our efforts on the state and national fronts to tackle the growing crisis of PFAS contamination in our food, water, and soil. (Read the previous installments in our “Tackling Toxic PFAS” series here , here , and here .) Are children and families in Maine drinking milk contaminated with toxic PFAS? Despite recent...+ Read more
09.03.2019
Maine faces an alarming and growing public health problem as a result of sewage sludge laced with PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), that, when spread as fertilizer on Maine’s farmland, pollutes our food, farms, and groundwater with these toxic chemicals. The state has so far failed to address the problem —and now, it’s proposing a path forward that may be just as bad or worse. At the August 28 PFAS taskforce meeting, Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner...+ Read more