Public Health Experts Aim to Stop Spreading of Sludge

Portland Press Herald

Fred Stone says he can't sell milk from his herd because of exposure to PFAS, chemicals linked to cancer that were found in the sludge he spread on his fields for decades.

ARUNDEL — Public health advocates on Tuesday called for Maine to ban the use of municipal sludge as fertilizer and to phase out an industrial chemical that has ruined an Arundel farmer’s livelihood and contaminated a public water source.

Dairy farmer Fred Stone said he never knew the sludge from sewage treatment plants that he applied to his hayfields for decades could be contaminated by PFAS – chemicals increasingly linked to cancer, liver damage, low birth weight and other health concerns.

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