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Elsie M Sunderland

Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering in the Department of Environmental Health

Environmental Health




How deregulation of mercury could harm health

A recent Trump administration decision to ease mercury regulations for oil- and coal-fired plants will significantly harm public health, according to Elsie Sunderland. Sunderland, professor of environmental science and engineering in the Department of Environmental Health, spoke about…

Understanding the risks of ‘forever chemicals’

News about a family of toxic synthetic chemicals called PFASs—“per- and polyfluoralkyl substances”—has recently been making headlines in New England. In Connecticut, PFASs were found to be leaching out of landfills in Hartford and Ellington. In Massachusetts, a…

A primer on ‘forever chemicals’

There’s been more and more news lately about the presence of “forever chemicals” in the environment. These widely used chemicals—whose technical name is “per- and polyfluoralkyl substances,” or PFASs—remain in the environment for thousands or even millions of…

PFASs found in some Massachusetts schools

Significant amounts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances—toxic chemicals known as PFASs—have been found in the drinking water of some schools in Massachusetts. High levels of the chemicals turned up in schools in Stow and several other communities after…