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Maine Bans 'Forever Chemicals'

The US state of Maine is the first to pass a law banning the use of toxic PFAS compounds – so-called “forever chemicals” -- in all products by 2030, except in instances deemed “currently unavoidable.” Maine is the world’s first government to enact a broad prohibition on the class of about 9,000 compounds, which don’t fully break down and instead accumulate in the environment and humans.

PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are typically used to make products water and stain resistant. They’re so effective that they’re now used in dozens of industries and products, including food packaging, cosmetics, cookware, waterproof textiles, guitar strings, dental floss, firefighting foam and stain protectors.

Studies, however, have linked the chemicals to a range of serious health problems such as cancer, liver disease, decreased immunity, kidney disease, plummeting sperm counts, endocrine disruption, birth defects and more.

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