Upcoming Event: CHE–BUSRP call on health hazards and community responses to PFAS-contaminated water

Out of the frying pan, into the drinking water: Health hazards and community responses to water contaminated with PFAS

When: Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 1:00 p.m. ET

Where: Sign in online.

Join us for a free, one-hour call to learn about the health hazards and community responses to water contaminated with polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This call is 14th in a series of calls organized in partnership with Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) and BUSRP.

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The call will cover PFAS exposure and health effects, laboratory measures and challenges to interpretation of contamination and exposure data, and steps that communities should take when PFAS contamination is discovered in drinking water. Dr. Tom Webster (Project 2), Shaina Kasper of Community Engagement Core partner Toxics Action Center, and Dr. Nancy Rothman of New Environmental Horizons, Inc., will speak on the call, moderated by Dr. Wendy Heiger-Bernays (RTC).

Featured Speakers:

Tom Webster, DSc, is a professor of environmental health at Boston University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Webster has several main research areas: 1) exposure routes and health hazards of chemicals used in consumer products, especially polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), other flame retardants, and perfluoralkyl compounds (PFCs); 2) mixtures of chemicals (with applications in toxicology and epidemiology); 3) endocrine disruption; 4) methodological aspects of environmental epidemiology, particularly issues in spatial epidemiology such as disease mapping and clusters, ecologic bias, and the use of combinations of individual and group level data. Like the rest of his department, he is very interested in the community context of environmental health. Dr. Webster served on the National Research Council’s Subcommittee on Fluoride in Drinking Water and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Making Best Use of the Agent Orange Exposure Reconstruction Model.

Shaina Kasper is the Toxics Action Center’s Vermont State Director working to assist local community groups to clean up hazardous waste sites and promote clean water, safe energy, and zero waste. Her organizing experience includes college zero-waste, fossil fuel divestment and housing justice work, and the JOIN for Justice fellowship. Shaina previously worked as a field organizer for Progressive Massachusetts working on economic justice and good governance issues, and as the Regional Field Director for Metro Boston West on the Raise Up Massachusetts Campaign to raise the minimum wage and provide earned sick time for all workers. She is a graduate of the United World College in New Mexico, the International Honors Program, and holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Macalester College in Minnesota where she focused on water and sanitation.

Nancy Rothman, PhD, is CEO and Principal Scientist at New Environmental Horizons, Inc.  Dr. Rothman is a recognized expert in organic environmental chemistry. Dr. Rothman has over 25 years of experience in the development of methods, analysis, and data evaluation for semivolatile organic compounds (SVOC), including dioxins/furans and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and volatile organic compounds (VOC). She applies her depth of experience to evaluate usability of current and historical data and in the development and review of project-specific Work Plans and Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP) for environmental investigations in support of NOAA Natural Resource Damage Assessments, US EPA Superfund, US Army Corps of Engineers, and state-led programs. Dr. Rothman has successfully provided expert testimony and litigation support for complex environmental data issues involving analyses of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), VOCs, and PCBs.

For more information, see event page.

December 2, 2016

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