Environment & Energy Report

PFAS, the ‘Forever’ Chemicals, Enter the Food Supply

Sept. 27, 2019, 10:56 AM

Third-generation dairy farmer Fred Stone lost his cows, his livelihood, and his plans for retirement when he learned his drinking water—and his dairy’s milk—was contaminated with PFAS.

  • The source turned out to be wastewater sludge that Stone spread 15 years ago as fertilizer on his property. But time didn’t matter, because per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) don’t break down.
  • The EPA may regulate some of the chemicals, but Congress wants it to move faster on more of them.
  • PFAS have been used since the 1950s in everything from carpeting to firefighting foam. But practically nothing is known about the toxicity...

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