Toxic PFAS — chemicals used in thousands of everyday products including cookware, clothing, food packaging, textiles, and car seats — are contaminating our lands and waters, threatening public health, and burdening municipalities with expensive cleanup. State Rep. Lori Gramlich of Old Orchard Beach has introduced legislation to phase out the use of PFAS where safer alternatives exist and to require manufacturers to pay a reporting fee to fund source-reduction and remediation. Rep. Gramlich; Gail Carson, the director of the Buck Lab for Climate and Environment at Colby College; and Sarah Woodbury, the director of advocacy at Defend Our Health will share their work to stop contamination of these PFAS "forever chemicals" at the source — and how you can help their efforts this session.

Phasing out toxic PFAS is a priority of Maine's Environmental Priorities Coalition! Learn more about the EPC's 2021 agenda here, and stay tuned for upcoming Lunch & Learns on other priority bills.