The AAAS EPI Center and the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus (GLLC) hosted a series of virtual roundtable discussions on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and drinking water. The two-part series was open to legislators and legislative staff and consisted of a background information session to prepare for a second session exploring policy options for addressing this widespread problem that affects drinking water in the Great Lakes region. Each session was 90 minutes and included a panel discussion with experts, a robust Q&A period, and opportunity for discussion.
The first session — “Information Overview” — covered important background information on PFAS, including a summary of the scientific evidence related to PFAS and drinking water and community case examples. The concluding session — “Opportunities and Challenges for Addressing PFAS in Drinking Water and Risk Communication”— builds on the informational sessions, providing an opportunity to discuss policy options for addressing PFAS and drinking water and ideas for communicating with constituents and other stakeholders.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 from 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern Time
Friday, December 4, 2020 from 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern Time
In this virtual roundtable, the AAAS EPI Center and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus (GLLC) hosted a discussion on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and drinking water for GLLC members. This roundtable
- provided a high-level overview of the scientific evidence related to PFAS and drinking water;
- connected decision-makers with scientific experts, as well as other colleagues addressing these issues, who helped inform how to engage with constituents and incorporate scientific information into their decision-making; and
- identified opportunities and challenges communities are facing from drinking water contamination.
Our distinguished panel includes:
- Dr. Laurel Schaider, Research Scientist, Silent Spring Institute
- Dr. Phil Brown, Distinguished Professor, Northeastern University
- Shaun Mulholland, City Manager, Lebanon, NH
- Hon. Wendy Thomas, Former New Hampshire State Representative (Hillsborough County, District 21), Merrimack, NH