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Maine farmer who sounded alarm about ‘forever chemicals’ says feds denied him aid

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
In this Aug. 15, 2019, photo, dairy farmer Fred and Laura Stone work on their dairy farm in Arundel. The couple's dairy farm has been forced to shut down after sludge spread on the land was linked to high levels of PFAS in the milk. Their blood has tested high for PFAS.

A Maine dairy farmer who has spoken out about contamination from “forever chemicals” in the state said he has been denied help from a federal assistance program.

Fred Stone of Arundel was hopeful for assistance from a safety-net program for farmers who can’t sell milk because of contamination. He has raised alarms about PFAS contamination in the state.

Stone said he was rejected for assistance that he needs to keep his farm going, the Portland Press Herald reported.

Representatives for the federal government told the Press Herald they must follow rules set by Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Stone said his woes began with the discovery of contamination in a municipal water well on his family’s farm in November 2016. Tests later showed the farm’s soils, drinking water and milk were contaminated with PFAS. Likely sources of the chemicals were municipal sludge or paper mill waste Stone used as fertilizer.

 



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