Maine is among the first states to confront the impacts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a vast class of toxic “forever chemicals” in widespread use for more than 60 years. Join independent journalist Marina Schauffler and learn about how PFAS cycle through ecosystems and get into waters and food webs, what actions the state is taking to address this challenge, and what measures you can take to minimize exposure. A Q&A with Marina, who recently wrote a series on PFAS that appeared in The Maine Monitor, will follow.
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Marina Schauffler is an award-winning environmental journalist who explores the complex interconnections between ecology and culture. Receiving the Doris O’Donnell Innovations in Investigative Journalism Fellowship in 2022, Marina completed a series of in-depth articles mapping the pathways and impacts in Maine of “forever chemicals” (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS). Marina’s Sea Change column highlights ways to live more sustainably and address environmental and societal challenges. First launched in 2014, it is published and distributed through the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. The author of Turning to Earth (University of Virginia Press), Marina holds a Ph.D. in natural resources and an MA in English/creative nonfiction writing (both from the University of New Hampshire), and an interdisciplinary honors BA from Brown University. Before becoming an independent journalist, Marina worked on coastal issues in state government and served as a communications consultant to numerous environmental organizations and agencies.