ARUNDEL, Maine – After more than two years of consuming water and 100-year-previous Stoneridge Farm milk tanks, the chemical class associated with most cancers and different well being problems was polluted, farmer Fred Stone nonetheless can't sell his milk and lose a whole lot of dollars a day daily.
Jill Brady | York County Coast Star
Stone stated he by no means knew the state licensed to spread his fields and other fields across York County, including PFAS, which was a class of industrial chemical compounds related to most cancers, fertility, hormone issues, and others. on the farm where Stone described the nightmare, he says it has destroyed his area, while officers demand extra testing and stopping the spread of sludge and the use of PFAS chemical compounds in the products. the use of these "eternal chemicals" to stop harm to human health and the setting, "says Rebecca Boulos
PFAS, a class of chemical chemical compounds utilized in the manufacture of waterproof and non-greasy papers, meals containers, sticker paper and stickies. strange family products corresponding to stains and water-resistant clothing, carpet cleaners, alkaline cleaners, dentifrices, shampoos and dishwashing detergents. that PFAS is "very persistent in the environment – that is, they do not decompose" and
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"With over 4,700 chemicals and polymers in this group of" eternal chemical compounds ", we nonetheless would not have full information of the extent of pollution and so on. , he stated.
Gov. Janet Mills introduced this month that a Governor's Working Group was set up to mobilize government businesses and other stakeholders to evaluate the prevalence of PFAS in Maine and to current a plan for dealing with chemical compounds.
Patrick MacRoy, Deputy Director of Environmental Well being The Middle for Methods stated that the staff is an effective first step. He urged the state to determine and check all the farms that would affect the state. He stated from Tuesday morning that the state had begun drafting an inventory of premises which may have been affected.
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MacRoy stated that sludge was applied to farms throughout the state since the 1980s.
”In 2000, over 225 places, and 38 in York County, have been allowed to get it, he stated. “It seems impossible that Mr. Stone's farm is the just one with a excessive quantity of PFAS in the slurry. All the evidence suggests that this is just the tip of the toxic iceberg, and there are in all probability many other states, dairies and other comparable issues. Till the exams are achieved, it’s the only protected assumption. "
Stone stated the state advised farmers in the 1980s that spreading sludge on farms was the proper factor.
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"We were told that it was our citizens for two reasons," he stated. "First of all, because it was a major soil change that would help to increase the productivity of the Maine farms, and secondly, because its spreading on farmland saves cities from paying significant landfills for disposal." He was allowed to spread it and did it 3 times a yr for about 15 years in about ten local states, together with his personal.
"Toxic chemicals that I never used, and never even knew, before two years ago, have polluted my cow's milk, ruined my farm and damaged my family," Stone stated. "I want the Maine state to ensure that no other farmer family can go through what happens to us."
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The discovery of PFAS in Stoneridge Farm came after chemical compounds have been detected in water in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells. When the Environmental Protection Agency's Well being Advice was 70 hectares in May 2016, district officers expected the yr to tell the public, and a number of other months earlier than saying Stone to expertise nicely-registered PFAS ranges exceeded 140 ppt – twice EPA's health advice.
The Supreme Norm Labbe of Kennebunk Water District stated final February the district was expecting to tell the public about PFAS, which closes Kimball's band properly, as the Environmental Safety Company continued to research what it referred to as
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The DEP knowledge report, revealed on February 24, 2017, confirmed PFAS Detection of a very small water pattern from dwelling quarters, a small multi-yr stream, and a pond gravel pit. The DEP findings confirmed that the PFAS degree in the properly was 50 ppt, present 7.93 ppt and in lamp 41.07
DEP also tested the PFAS in the milk container when the results showed 690 ppt, almost 10-fold.
Stone stated he immediately informed the US Department of Agriculture and Oakhurst Dairy, who had bought milk at the moment, by letter from KKWWD, dated 9 November 2016.
Oakhurst Dairy stopped buying Stone Milk in December 2016. The Oakhurst dairy did not return any comments.
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MacRoy stated that the LePage authorities-led authorities wiped the drawback underneath the carpet, testing just one different farm and two milk packs in the grocery trade
”The highest degree of toxic chemical in milk has been reported and the solely comply with-up to determine if the public was in peril of shedding milk off the shelf MacRoy advised me on Tuesday.
Labbe stated KKWWD Kimball Lane is nicely again on-line since June 8, 2018 with a full-scale carbon filtration system that has stored PFAS at an undetectable degree. Labbe stated the properly produces a mean of 1 million gallons a day in the space. The filtering system carbon costs $ 30,000 to $ 40,000 a yr, he stated.
"I am deeply concerned about the community and outside of vulnerable groups of the population's health," stated Kate Manahan, Kennebunkin resident, by a public water KKWWD: place by means of the supply was contaminated earlier than Kimball Lane -Wellness
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Manahan stated the social employee that he sees Families every single day by doing their utmost to help youngsters who’ve suffered from PFAS-like chemical compounds. He sees it seem as improvement delays, their incapability to focus and extra.
“It happens to all of us, proper now we stand in the epicenter of one of the first identified PFAS websites in Maine. Chemical compounds rinsed and drank our water supply. They will be passed on to infants in mother's and mother's milk. And I’m wondering what we do? "He stated.
Stone was capable of get its dairy enterprise back online for some time, but at very high costs, and it has been weak. He was capable of get PFAS in his pasture to zero by shopping for a brand new New York cattle that was not exposed to water and feed in the farm, putting in a $ 20,000 water filtration system, and buying feed from state sources the place hay is grown in areas not spread with sludge
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As we speak, Stone's dairy enterprise is offline. In his opinion, some dangerous fodder may be guilty as a result of his milk will be examined once more with PFAS. She milks her cow and throws all the things away. Testing has also been expensive.
"Economically, we sink," he stated. “In addition to the filtration system and the feed, our costs include each invoice for water testing and testing, milk monitoring, and property impairment. This whole thing has been a nightmare. ”
He needs DEP to think about polluters responsible. Stone informed his lawyer Jonathan Lambert, from Lambert Coffin's regulation companies in Portland, in December that he had stopped his clothes in sewers that allowed him to spread the sludge.
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MacRoy needs the state to pay for the testing of the premises and goes to the manufacturers for cleaning prices.
“It's important that we protect farmers from this process,” he stated. “They’re harmless victims right here. The state promoted and licensed them to apply sludge by saying that it was protected and helpful, however it isn’t. The state can’t simply walk away from this.
”As Mr. Stone talked about, he has needed to pay himself all the milk exams which might be tons of of dollars in the check a few times a month. I have no sense. The state should take this under consideration. ”
” I encourage everyone to work. PFAS is present in the average citizen, and they’re a menace to us all, ”Manahan stated. “Together we can create and implement laws that can protect us from unnecessary exposure and harm.”