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...