A recent nationwide study shows Maryland has an alarming level of “forever chemicals” in its waterways. The study, conducted by the national Waterkeeper Alliance, looks at the level of PFAS contaminants in U.S. surface waters.
PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), often referred to as “forever chemicals,” are manufactured chemicals that do not break down in the environment. The study says PFAs are "linked to harmful public health and ecosystem impacts" and commonly found in things like non-stick pans, food wrappers, and water or stain-resistant materials.
Of the recent water samples taken across 30 states, Maryland’s samples detected the highest level of forever chemicals nationwide.
According to the study, 25 PFAS compounds were detected across 134 locations in Maryland.