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Sewage often becomes fertilizer, but the issue is it's tainted with PFAS

Apr 19, 2023

A lot of products contain toxic PFAS. Some of these "forever chemicals" are ending up in sewage that is turned into fertilizer.


The water from our sinks, showers and toilets contain the chemicals known as PFAS. As WBUR's Barbara Moran explains, all those so-called forever chemicals are going into wastewater treatment plants. The question now is, where do they go from there?

BARBARA MORAN, BYLINE: It's barely sunrise, and I've already put a lot of stuff down the drain - shampoo, cold coffee, soap, all kinds of stuff.

LAURA ORLANDO: What gets into wastewater is just about everything that we use in our society.

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