Connecting Communities

Communities across the U.S. are responding to the PFAS contamination crisis by organizing and advocating for safe drinking water. This map shows sites with known contamination and where organizations are working for stronger health and environmental protections. Plug into a group working in your community, form a new group, or connect with others facing similar challenges.

Connecting Communities > United States > Maine

Is there a PFAS contamination site near you? Use our interactive map to find out.

  • Each red dot represents a site contaminated with PFAS.
  • Click on a dot to learn more about the site.
  • Click on a state to get information about all sites as well as community groups, health studies, and resources available in that state.

* This map focuses on sites where PFAS have been detected in the environment (groundwater, soil, and surface water), or in drinking water where the contamination is linked to a specific source and not merely the result of testing a water supply system.

Connect with Maine

PFAS Contamination Site

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at the Northeastern University.

Maine Contamination Areas

  1. Brunswick Naval Air Station
    Firefighting foam used at Air Station
    Location  Brunswick, Maine
    Date  2016
    PFAS contamination source  Military-Naval Base

  2. Former Loring AFB
    Firefighting foam used at Former Loring Air Force Base
    Location  Aroostook County, Maine
    Date  2017
    PFAS contamination source  Military - Former Air Force Base

  3. Houlton International Airport
    Firefighting foam used at Airport
    Location  Houlton, Maine
    Date  2018
    PFAS contamination source  Civilian Airport

  4. Kennebunk
    sludge from both the Kennebunk and Ogunquit sewer districts and fly ash and sludge from the S.D. Warren paper mill was spread as soil enhancers on Stoneyridge Farm in the mid-1980s
    Location  Kennebunk, Maine
    Date  2016
    PFAS contamination source  Sludge spread on farms

  5. Navy VLF Transmitter Cutler
    Firefighting foam used at Navy VLF Transmitter Cutler
    Location  Cutler, Maine
    Date  2016
    PFAS contamination source  Military-Naval Base

  6. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
    Firefighting foam used at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
    Location  Kittery, York County, Maine
    Date  2017
    PFAS contamination source  Military-Naval Base

  7. Sanford Water District
    Unknown, but potentially from AFFF used at Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport that was previously Naval Auxiliary Air Facility Sanford
    Location  Sanford, Maine
    Date  2013
    PFAS contamination source  Unknown; potentially Civilian Airport / Military-Naval Base

If you know about a contamination site in your state that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates about your state!

Maine Community Groups

  1. Defend Our Health
    Defend Our Health works to create a world where all people are thriving, with equal access to safe food and drinking water, healthy homes, and products that are toxic-free and climate-friendly.
    Contact Name  Sergio Cahueque
    Contact Phone  207-699-5799

​​​​​​If you are involved in a community organization working on PFAS and you don’t see your group listed, click here to have your group added to this page. 

If there are no community groups in your state, try contacting the National PFAS Contamination Coalitiona network of community groups working to address PFAS contamination across the country. You can also contact a coalition member near you to learn more and get involved.

Maine PFAS Exposure and Health Studies

We are not aware of any health or exposure studies in this state.

Some states have conducted their own blood testing to understand people's exposure to PFAS in areas with contaminated drinking water. In the fall of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry launched a national health study on PFAS involving multiple communities across the country.

Do you know about a health study in your state that is not listed here? Fill out this form to have it added!

Wondering if a health study is right for your community? Boston University’s Department of Environmental Health has a guide for making informed decisions.

Maine Agency Websites

  1. Maine Department of Environmental Protection

What should you do if you happen to live or work near a PFAS contamination site?

  • Ask your local water supplier if they have tested the drinking water for PFAS and how they have reported (or failed to report) the results to the public.
  • If you have a private well, get your water tested. See our drinking water fact sheet to learn how.
  • Being close to a contamination site does not necessarily mean your drinking water is also contaminated. If you have questions or concerns, contact your state environmental or health department. Also see our list of resources for more information.

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at Northeastern University. The tracker records qualitative and quantitative data from each known site of PFAS contamination, including a timeline of discovery, sources, levels, health impacts, and community and government responses. All data presented in the map were extracted from government websites, news articles, or publicly available documents, and are cited in the tracker.

If you know about a contamination site that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates!

The Environmental Working Group also maintains a map of PFAS contamination in the US. This map includes additional locations where PFAS were found in drinking water but the point source of contamination is unknown.