What is the bottom line, when trusting farmers used Maine state-approved sludge to fertilize their fields, and then were devastated to find their fields and wells were contaminated with sky-high levels of PFAS? This is not the farmers’ fault; the buck stops with Maine.

Is there any question as to when and how this travesty should be addressed and the betrayed hearts and souls of those farmers compensated? If, that is, that agonizing feeling of being wronged can be healed at all. This is not a matter of dealing with large, depersonalized monied companies, but small and trusting dairy and produce farmers who embraced the “back to the land” movement of which we are so proud, taking up the challenging yoke of working a farm in Maine.

I urge Gov. Mills and U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, who praised the $19 million in Environmental Protection Agency grants to address PFAS, to waste no time in correcting this wrong.

Bonnie Tallagnon

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