Biosolids (copy)

A sign warns the public to stay away from vegetation fertilized with biosolids. A key committee in the Oregon Legislature has recommended spending $525,000 on a study of “forever chemicals” in biosolids applied to farmland.

SALEM — Oregon’s farmlands haven’t been spared from worries about so-called “forever chemicals,” prompting a legislative committee to recommend studying potential contamination from treated sewage used as fertilizer.

State and federal regulators are increasingly scrutinizing the widespread and long-lasting toxicity of PFAS, the perflouroalkyl and polyflouroalkyl chemicals used in non-stick and water-proof products.

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