|“Let’s Talk About PFAS: Don’t Need It, Don’t Use It” |
April 14th webinar on phasing out harmful PFAS chemicals from everyday consumer products
Join the University of Rhode Island STEEP Superfund Research Program Center for the next installment of the “Let’s Talk About PFAS” webinar series, featuring a virtual conversation on the essential and non-essential uses of PFAS chemicals in consumer products. With thousands of PFAS on the market, these non-stick and water-resistant substances are among the most ubiquitous synthetic chemicals in the world. They have also been linked with a number of harmful health effects. How critical are these chemicals to our well-being and safety? And, what are the alternatives? From dental floss and cosmetics to medical implants and take-out containers, we’ll explore the many uses of PFAS, how scientists are proposing to accelerate their phase-out, and what communities can do to reduce exposures and protect the environment.
Cheryl Osimo, Executive Director, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and Cape Cod Outreach Coordinator, Silent Spring Institute
Dr. Rainer Lohmann (STEEP Director) Professor of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography
Mark Ells, Town Manager, Town of Barnstable, Cape Cod
Wednesday, April 14, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
About the Series: The event is part of a monthly webinar series to support Cape Cod and affected communities nationwide by sharing information and offering solutions so that communities can better protect themselves.
To watch recordings of previous presentations from the “Let’s Talk About PFAS” webinar series, please visit the STEEP website.
About STEEP: The Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFASs (STEEP) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center is a collaboration between the University of Rhode Island, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health, and Silent Spring Institute.
Led by URI, the five-year project is addressing the emerging and expanding problem of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water—how these chemicals move through our environment, how we are exposed through our drinking water, and how they affect our health. Local project partners include Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and the Sierra Club Cape Cod Group.
STEEP is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). For more information about STEEP, visit: https://web.uri.edu/steep/