October 19, 2021

Combined with money provided by the Mills Administration, this funding can help build a regional PFAS treatment facility in the Anson Madison Health District.

Governor Janet Mills praised U.S. Senator Susan Collins for securing $ 1.6 million in the Fiscal Year 2022 Domestic Appropriation Bill to support the installation of a per- and polyfluoroalkylated (PFAS) at the Anson Madison Sanitary District wastewater treatment facility.

Governor Mills wrote a letter of support for the project and his administration, through the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, has committed $ 1 million in public funding for the project through the Clean Water State. Revolving Fund. In addition, the Governor of Maine’s Jobs and Stimulus Plan is investing an additional $ 1 million in the project.

“Maine is making significant progress in responding to PFAS contamination, but we still lack the appropriate infrastructure to deal with PFAS contaminated materials,” Governor Janet Mills said. “If approved, this funding would be a critical step in our efforts to address this harmful substance. Combined with funding from my Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, we will be able to design and install a PFAS treatment system that can serve as a regional facility. I applaud Senator Collins for his work in securing this funding and I hope that it will be passed by both the House and the Senate so that my administration can implement it on behalf of the people of Maine.

If approved by the entire Senate and House, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will provide this funding to the Anson Madison Health District to design and install a PFAS treatment system at its wastewater treatment facility.

Under Governor Mills’ leadership, Maine has taken strong action to address PFAS contamination, including:

  • establish drinking water standards for PFAS,
  • establish containment and reporting requirements for fire extinguisher foam containing PFAS,
  • the installation of more than 125 drinking water treatment systems,
  • establish requirements for analysis of sewage sludge and eliminate the spreading of sludge contaminated by PFAS,
  • establish screening levels for PFAS in soil, wastewater, fish tissue and milk, and
  • extend the statute of limitations for citizens of Maine to file claims for PFAS contamination.

Additionally, the Authority will sample over 700 sites where sewage sludge has been applied, install potable water treatment for all homes that have been tested against the Maine drinking water standard for PFAS. and will require manufacturers to report the PFAS content of all products sold in Maine from January 2023.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, scientific studies have shown that exposure to certain PFASs, which are widely used long-lasting chemicals, in the environment may be linked to harmful effects on human health. humans and animals.

A copy of Governor Mills’ letter of support is attached (PDF).