The Maine Work Boots Alliance is a coalition of farmers, landowners, business owners, legislators, town officials, water treatment officials, and environmentalists who believe that Maine must embrace environmental and economic sustainability through common-sense legislation and community collaboration.
The alliance was formed to support rigorous standards of testing as an amendment to LD 1911 which in its current state ignores the science of testing and monitoring PFAS materials in the sludge, biosolids, and compost.
While the recent discovery of these chemicals on a few farms in Maine is tragic, it was likely caused by the spreading of sludge and biosolids decades ago before levels were measured and regulated. The use of biosolids and sludge containing minuscule levels of forever chemicals has been ongoing in Maine since its approval in 2020 with no evidence of ill effects on humans.
LD 1911 in its current state would put Maine farmers at a competitive disadvantage, forcing them to pay for extremely expensive fertilizer, while also creating significant costs associated with municipal management of wastewater sludge.
Members of the Alliance include:
Maine Farm Bureau
Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA)
Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Maine Septage Haulers Alliance
Maine Better Transportation Association
North East Biosolids & Residuals Association (NEBRA)
National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
Maine Campground Owners Association
Town of Frenchville
Town of Madawaska
Ethan Henley, Farmer
William Renaud Jr. Trucking, Inc.
Nest & Sons, Inc., Sanitation Specialist
Rumford-Mexico Sewerage District
Scarborough Sanitary District
Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
Ellsworth Wastewater Department
York Sewer District
Ogunquit Sewer District
Dean Property Services
Huber Engineered Woods LLC
Ken Allen’s Septic
Pelletier Sewer Services
Pinkham’s Greenhouse & Garden Center
David Barker, Barker Farms
McElwain Strawberry Farm
P.A. Lyford, Inc.