Media reports that UMaine could receive $18 million to combat PFAS

The Bangor Daily News and WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) reported that the University of Maine could receive $18 million in the next round of federal earmarks to establish a research center, a laboratory and research funding that center around per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Much of the money would go toward equipment needed to test PFAS and setting up lab spaces to allow research on water, fish, soil and more while avoiding cross-contamination. “Maine, whether we want to be or not, is going to be a leader in PFAS research,” said Hannah Carter, associate provost for online and continuing education, and dean of University of Maine Cooperative Extension. “Maine is really right now at the forefront. Certainly, other states have PFAS issues, but nothing like what we are dealing with here in the state of Maine.”