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Researching PFAS in Landfills

Researching PFAS in Landfills

Vermont, Michigan, New York, New Hampshire, California and Connecticut are some of the states testing and investigating PFAS in landfills.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can be found in many places, such as wastewater treatment plants and landfills. But while these “forever chemicals” can be identified, determining their source and deciding what steps to take next isn’t always clear.

A recent Bloomberg Law article takes a look at what some states are doing to gather research and explore solutions.

Bloomberg Law has more details:

When Joe Fusco looks at a landfill, he sees the result of decades of consumer demand for waterproof, nonstick, and stain-resistant products, a soup of “forever chemicals” that could make their way into the water supply.

“The chemicals are so prevalent in society,” said Fusco, who is vice president at Vermont-based Casella Waste Systems Inc. “You’re going to find it in every landfill. You’re going to find it in every wastewater treatment plant.”

The chemicals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are also popping up in drinking water supplies across the country. But finding the chemicals is just the first step. Determining their source, and what steps to take next, is less clear.

Read the full story here.

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