Regulators find 'forever chemicals' in 60 closed landfills

Regulators find 'forever chemicals' in 60 closed landfills Photo: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Created: March 18, 2021 08:29 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Pollution regulators say contamination from toxic man-made “forever chemicals” has been detected in groundwater at nearly 60 closed landfills in Minnesota, with amounts exceeding levels for safe drinking water.

The pharmaceuticals, microplastics and synthetic chemicals are known collectively as PFAS.

The Minnesota Control Agency says 15 landfills have PFAS contamination at least 10 times higher than acceptable limits and one landfill in Marion County registered at 1,300 times higher.

Agency representatives on Thursday repeated a call for more resources to address the problem. 

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