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Maine could lead the nation with PFAS research, solutions

Sep 5, 2023

ORONO, Maine — Maine leads the nation by enacting some of the strictest laws regarding regulating PFAS chemicals in drinking water and banning the use of biosolids containing the chemicals as fertilizer.

A collaboration between the University of Maine and the US Department of Agriculture could pioneer new technologies and research to mitigate the toxic chemicals that take decades to break down. 

A mass spectrometer is currently being used to measure tiny compounds in fish tissues at the USDA's Agriculture Research Service New England Plant, Soil and Water Laboratory on the Unversity of Maine Orono campus. 

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