Understanding PFAS – What is it? And what is being done about it?

  • Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Jewish Community Alliance, 1342 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04102



What is it? And what is being done about it?

A consensus of concern is growing around an emerging environmental pollutant: per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. Although PFAS were once common chemicals used in products ranging from clothing to cookware, scientific studies have revealed that they are persistent, mobile, and bioaccumulate, and present a risk to human health. These findings have caused select PFAS (e.g., PFOA, PFOS) to be phased out over the past two decades, but because of their frequent use since the 1950s, contaminated sites have been identified across the country, including here in Maine. In 2016, the EPA issued a drinking water Health Advisory for PFOA and PFOS with a recommended exposure limit of 70 parts per trillion. In 2018, EPA announced they would take steps to address PFAS contamination, including determining the need for a drinking water standard (i.e. MCL) for these chemicals. Meanwhile, states are stepping up to create their own drinking water standards. Key questions include:

  • What are PFAS and how and why did they become a concern?
  • What are the public health considerations?
  • How are policies being used to manage the impacts of this chemical?
  • Will these regulations affect your business?
Join E2Tech as we bring together environmental chemistry, health, and policy experts from across the state to discuss a broad overview of questions about PFAS.

Speakers Include: 

  • Russell Abell, C.G., LSP Vice President, Sanborn | Head & Associates
  • Elizabeth Denly, ASQ CMQ/OE Program Director PFAS Group, TRC
  • Jeremy Fink, P.E. – Principal Product Development Engineer, Hydro International plc (Moderator)
  • Andrew Smith, SM, ScD - State Toxicologist, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS



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