PFAS

PFAS-free coating research featured in Maine media

The Bangor Daily New, Maine Public and WFVX (Fox 22/ABC 7) reported on an effort by University of Maine students and faculty to develop coatings free of a group of chemicals known as PFAS for food wrappers and other paper products by using seaweed and tree pulp. The Keene Sentinel shared the report from the […]

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Research on PFAS contamination in wildlife featured in Press Herald

In a story about the exposure to toxic per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) among birds, the Portland Press Herald highlighted efforts by University of Maine researchers to explore the presence of these “forever chemicals” in other wildlife. “Humans made PFAS, and if we can make it, we can clean it up. It won’t be easy, […]

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The Atlantic interviews Apul on ‘overwhelming’ PFAS crisis in the US

Onur Apul, assistant professor of environmental engineering at the University of Maine, spoke to The Atlantic for an article titled “Maine Is a Warning for America’s PFAS Future.” Apul said in his opinion, the U.S. has seen “nothing as overwhelming, and nothing as universal” as the PFAS crisis. “It’s a reality for everyone; it’s just […]

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New USDA PFAS research center at UMaine highlighted by E&E News, BDN

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching a new center for researching and finding solutions to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are found in Maine’s water and land and have been linked to liver disease and high cholesterol, at the University of Maine. E & E News by Politico and the Bangor Daily News […]

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Federal funding secured by Sens. Collins and King will accelerate UMS-led economic and community development 

The six-bill federal budget package passed by Congress last week and signed by President Biden on Saturday will invest $40.8 million in University of Maine System (UMS) infrastructure and innovation to strengthen student opportunity and the state’s economy and local communities. Much of the one-time Congressionally Directed Spending secured for UMS by Sen. Susan Collins, vice […]

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Science Friday interviews Zhang on benefits of adding biochar to soil

University of Maine assistant professor of applied plant physiology YongJiang Zhang interviewed with Science Friday to discuss benefits of adding biochar, a charcoal-like, burnt wood substance with high carbon density, to soil. Zhang said biochar can help soil maintain nutrients and water to disperse into plants over longer periods of time, as well as better […]

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Bolton discusses safe use of nonstick frying pans with Buy Side

Buy Side from the Wall Street Journal interviewed Jason Bolton, associate dean of University of Maine Cooperative Extension, about safely using nonstick frying pans. “The coating itself is a solid material; it won’t dissolve. You’re not releasing gas into the air or the food [you’re cooking],” he said. “But avoid using a peeling pan where […]

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Kopec discusses PFAS in fish with Kaiser Health News and Undark

Kaiser Health News and Undark interviewed University of Maine faculty fellow Dianne Kopec for articles about toxic per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, found in freshwater fish. Kopec said eating fish with high concentrations of PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” may be more harmful than mercury. “They’re both really nasty,” she said. The Scientific […]

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