Maine Public speaks to MacRae about PFAS in wastewater treatment plants

Maine Public interviewed Jean MacRae, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Maine, about new testing that has found “forever chemicals” at every wastewater treatment facility in Maine. MacRae told Maine Public that the numbers are consistent with what’s being found in other parts of the country. “There’s a lot of data coming out of Maine that doesn’t exist for other states. So we’re more knowledgeable about what the conditions are here, but I’m not getting a sense from the numbers that I’ve seen that we’re a particularly bad example,” MacRae said. MacRae also noted that filtering wastewater will be more challenging because of the other contaminants present.