Tackling PFAS in Maine: a Resident's Guide to "Forever Chemicals"

Department or Program

Environmental Studies


MainePFAS.com is a resource for curious and concerned Mainers to explore the complex background of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), their role in our environment and our homes, and the risks this poses to public health. PFAS contamination has been growing as a hot topic on the international stage, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed the first Federal limit for PFAS concentrations in drinking water. Water, however, is just one environmental reservoir for these chemicals. Drinking water supplies are often contaminated aboveground first, through entry into waterways and soils. This is the case in Maine, where it is now known that the primary source of PFAS contamination across the state was the historic dumping of industrial sludge and treated biosolids on farmlands. Soils at the sites that were spread with these wastes decades ago continue to harbor these chemicals that pollute our soils, water sources, crops, and livestock. The crisis of PFAS contamination is one of national importance, but Maine is on the cutting edge of addressing the issue. This site is meant to serve as a guide for Maine residents who want to learn more about what these chemicals really are, their pervasiveness in our environment, and what is being done to prevent further contamination and risks to public health.

Level of Access

Open Access

First Advisor

Tyler Harper

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Number of Pages


Open Access

Available to all.