From June 10-12th, 2019, over 250 community activists, government officials, state legislators, scientists, journalists, lawyers, academics, and students all convened on the Northeastern University campus in Boston for the 2nd National Conference on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. The purpose of the conference was to foster alliances across sectors (government, academics, NGOs, and community groups) to better support communities impacted by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. Like the 1st National PFAS Conference held in June 2017, this was a unique meeting, bringing together different stakeholders to address an expanding public health and environmental crisis.
The three-day long conference was hosted by the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) at Northeastern University. The conference Organizing Committee was composed of academics and advocates from SSEHRI, PROTECT (Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats—Northeastern’s Superfund Research Program), the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Testing for Pease, STEEP (Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFASs – the University of Rhode Island’s Superfund Research Program), Michigan State University, Whitman College, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The full report on the 2019 Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: Second National Conference can be viewed/downloaded here.
For more information, check out the PFAS website here!