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State lawmakers eye bill to protect soil, farms from PFAS

May 16, 2023

NORTHAMPTON — PFAS contamination from using treated sludge as a fertilizer, leaving the so-called forever chemicals in the soil and groundwater, has forced the closure of dairy farms in Maine and impacted more than 50 farms in that state.

While similar action of closing farms to address the impact of PFAS is not being proposed in Massachusetts, a bill sponsored by Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, and Rep. Paul Schmid, D-Westport, is advocating for the testing of sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, putting warning labels on products containing PFAS, and providing money to help farmers access alternatives to these products.

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