New analysis finds consistent concentrations of cancer-linked “forever chemicals” in Music City Gold, a product created by a joint venture between Metro Water and Tycowa LLC. The “organic rich bio-fertilizer” is advertised as “all natural” and “safe for plants, pets and people.”
Researchers at the Sierra Club and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility found 19 different polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOS), according to a press release sent out Aug. 15. The testing raises questions about what appeared to be a fruitful public-private partnership to turn the city’s waste into safe retail fertilizer. Consuming vegetables that have been fertilized by Music City Gold could further introduce PFAS into individuals and households.