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Ban of PFAS Fertilizer Spread on Land Wins Approval in Maine (2)

April 15, 2022, 6:53 PMUpdated: April 15, 2022, 9:16 PM

A Maine bill to ban the land application of sludge, which often contains “forever chemicals,” is headed to the governor’s desk after a vote in the state House on Friday.

The legislation, L.D. 1911, would set some of the country’s strictest land application standards for biosolids, often used as fertilizer but untreated for long-lasting per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The chemical class is found everywhere from cookware to clothing and has been associated multiple health issues, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

After an 82-50 House vote and a 34-0 Senate vote, L.D. 1911 heads to Gov. Janet Mills ...