Read the full article by Pete Warner (Bangor Daily News)

“Nearly eight months after the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued a ‘do not eat’ advisory for deer harvested in Fairfield because of the presence of so-called forever chemicals, the department will return to the area.

In the coming weeks, DIF&W will test deer, wild turkeys and other animals such as ruffed grouse, waterfowl, snowshoe hares and squirrels in an area expanded to more than 5 miles from what is ground zero for PFAS contamination in Maine to better assess the level of per- and and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS.

The additional wildlife testing — believed to be the most extensive ever done in the country — could result in consumption advisories for other game, or it may determine that animals living farther from sludge spreading sites aren’t contaminated with PFAS. That information will also help DIF&W determine the need for potential ‘do not eat’ warnings as they test wildlife in up to 20 more locations through the end of the year.” …