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The National Governors Association and AAAS EPI Center: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and Drinking Water

The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (EPI Center) and the National Governors Association (NGA) hosted two webinars in a series on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and drinking water for NGA members. In the first webinar, scientific researchers joined experts from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide a high-level overview of the scientific evidence related to PFAS in drinking water, human health impacts, and federal policies addressing PFAS in drinking water. In the second webinar, state researchers joined an environmental justice advocate to discuss how the science on PFAS is used by state decision-makers and the impact of PFAS contamination on different communities. 

The AAAS EPI Center helps local and state leaders understand the current scientific evidence as they seek to address potential PFAS contamination. Additional information for state and local leaders can be found in our Addressing Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Drinking Water: Guides for Local and State Leaders.


PFAS and Drinking Water: Health Impacts & Federal Policies for National Governors Association

Thursday, June 3, 2021

2:00pm - 3:30pm


Introduction to PFAS in Drinking Water and Human Health Impacts Panelists:

  • Tom Bruton, Senior Scientist, Green Science Policy Institute | Presentation
  • Jamie DeWitt, Associate Professor, East Carolina University | Presentation
  • Rachel Rogers, Environmental Health Scientist, CDC National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry | Presentation
  • Gretta Goldenman, Founder, Milieu | Presentation

How Science Informs EPA Policies for PFAS in Drinking Water Panelists

  • Eric Burneson, Director, Standards and Risk Management Division, U.S. EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water | Presentation
  • Ryan Albert, Chief of Standards and Risk Reduction Branch, U.S. EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water
  • Alex Lan, Team Lead PFAS Regulatory Development Team, U.S. EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water


PFAS and Drinking Water: Science Informing Policy – How States and Communities are Using Science to Address PFAS

Thursday, June 10, 2021

2:00pm – 4:00pm


How are states throughout the U.S. responding to PFAS contamination?

  • Gloria Post, Research Scientist, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection | Presentation
  • Jonathan Ali, Toxicologist, Environmental Health Program, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services | Presentation
  • Barbara Morrissey, Toxicologist, Washington State Department of Health | Presentation

PFAS impacts on communities and environmental justice concerns 

Facilitated Small Group Breakout Discussions on biosolids; destruction and disposal; and pollution prevention were not recorded. 


Event Contact

Rebecca Aicher

Project Director, AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

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