Sustainability Series: PFAS Contamination in Maine Lands and Waters
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Join us for a virtual panel discussion about PFAS contamination in Maine moderated by Maine Public Statehouse Correspondent Kevin Miller. Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals used in manufacturing and in consumer products that have found their way into Maine soils, water, and wildlife through both industrial and agricultural processes. In recent years, the discovery of these substances in some Maine farmers’ lands and produce has created an existential threat to some farm operations and has renewed scrutiny of PFAS’s application and the extent of contamination across the state. Joining Kevin will be: Tricia Rouleau, Farm Network Director at Maine Farmland Trust; State House Representative Bill Pluecker; Adam Nordell of Songbird Farm in Unity; and Nathan Saunders of Fairfield. Find out how farmers, residents, and legislators are responding and adapting to this environmental and economic threat.
Kevin Miller joined Maine Public’s reporting team in 2021 after nearly 25 years in newspapers. He covered the State House for the Portland Press Herald as well as the Bangor Daily News and spent a few years on Capitol Hill as a Washington correspondent. A graduate of New York University, Kevin wrote about politics, higher education, and the environment for newspapers in Virginia and Maryland before finally landing in Maine in 2005. In his spare time, Kevin would like to be kayaking, hiking, camping or fishing but also enjoys a good history book or a yard project. He and his wife live in the Midcoast with their short-legged but big-hearted dog.
About the Series » Portland’s Sustainability Series
Portland’s Sustainability Series is co-hosted by the Portland Public Library and the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative. Sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes through time. The Portland Sustainability Series presents a diversity of speakers to share different aspects of the work moving Maine to greater endurance and sustainability. Please join us as we engage in these important issues and conversations!