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2nd PFAS Conference
June 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - June 12, 2019 @ 12:00 am UTC+0
As PFAS have shown up in more and more drinking water across the country, there’s also been an increase in public awareness, community organizing, public policy, advisories and regulations, scientific research, and media on the PFAS drinking water contamination crisis.
Two years ago, we brought together scientists, community advocates, government officials, state legislators, journalists, environmental advocates, lawyers, and students for the first two-day summit on PFAS. This June, we’re gathering again to discuss what’s happened since then and how to move forward.
Vision Statement. This year, we will collaboratively produce a statement of our vision for addressing the PFAS drinking water crisis. We hope that it will spur discussion and networking among all participants.
Science Workshop. This conference will be followed by a Science Workshop on June 12th, hosted by the University of Rhode Island Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFASs (URI STEEP) Superfund Research Center. Topics will include toxicology, health effects, human exposure, detection and transport of PFAS in the environment. All are invited to attend.
Rob Bilott was a corporate defense attorney for eight years before taking on DuPont in Parkersburg, West Virginia. This suit led to the C8 study, exposed a brazen, decades-long history of chemical pollution, and sparked a response across the country in a story now featured in the film The Devil We Know. He recently filed a class action lawsuit for all Americans with PFAS in their bloodstream.
Linda Silber Birnbaum is an American toxicologist, microbiologist and the director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, as well as the National Toxicology Program. She also recently testified at the
first federal Senate hearing on PFAS.
Ken Cook is president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Cook has written dozens of articles, opinion pieces, and reports on environmental, public health, and agricultural topics.
We are proud to co-host this event along with Testing for Pease, the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University, Michigan State University, Whitman College, Silent Spring Institute, and the US EPA.