Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

The Social Discovery of a Class of Emerging Contaminants

2019 Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: Second National Conference

Attendees of the 2019 PFAS Conference at Northeastern University (June 10, 2019)

Conference Date: June 10-12, 2019

Hosted at: Northeastern University, Boston

The Organizing Committee of the 2019 PFAS Conference is happy to announce that our second National conference was a great success, thanks to the work of everyone involved. The significant growth in the number of contaminated sites, public awareness, community organizing, public policy, advisories and regulation, scientific research, and media attention called us to once again bring together the array of participants and stakeholders that made the first conference so successful. Below, you can find the schedule, recorded panels and presentations, and speaker biographies from the 2019 Conference.

Photos from the conference:


Click here to view presenters’ Powerpoint slides


Recorded Presentations (video):

Day 1 – June 10th
Speaker starting times:
Chapter 1
– Phil Brown (Northeastern University) — 00:00:00
– Laurel Schaider (Silent Spring Institute) — 00:11:30
– Arlene Blum (GSPI) — 00:16:45
– Rainer Lohmann (University of Rhode Island) — 00:22:25
– Shaina Kasper (Toxics Action Center) — 00:25:25
– Linda Birnbaum (NIEHS) — 00:36:35
– Congressman Chris Pappas (NH) — 01:21:30
– Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH) — 01:27:10
– Senator Maggie Hassan (NH) — 01:30:38
– Letter from Congresswoman Anne Custer (NH) — 01:33:10
– Letter from Congressman Dan Kildee (MI) — 01:35:20
– Micheal Hickey (New York) — 01:40:40
– Arlene Blum (GSPI) — 01:43:20
Chapter 2
– Arlene Blum continued (GSPI) — 00:00:00
– Sharon Lerner (The Intercept) — 00:07:57
Chapter 3
– Congressman Dan Kildee (MI) — 00:00:00
– David Bond (Bennington College) — 00:03:14
– Bob Delaney (Michigan) — 00:17:55
– Sandy Wynn-Stelt (Michigan) — 00:33:53
– Jenny Carney (Michigan) — 00:40:14
– Tobyn McNaughton (Michigan) — 00:45:36
– Brenda Hampton (Concerned Citizens of WMEL) — 00:51:36
– Panel Discussion — 01:02:30
Chapter 4
– Miriam Calkins (NIOSH) — 00:01:25
– Graham Peaslee (University of Notre Dame) — 00:12:05
– Brian Grubb (IAFFL F88) — 00:27:03
– Krystle Mitchell (SA MFS) — 00:41:01
Chapter 5
– Kyle Bagenstose (Bucks County Courier Times) — 00:00:43
– Chris Higgins (Colorado School of Mines) — 00:13:55
– Pat Breysse (ATSDR) — video unavailable
– Maureen Sullivan (DoD) — video unavailable
– Mark Favors (FVCWC) — video unavailable

Day 2 – June 11th
Speaker starting times:
Chapter 1
– Phil Brown (Northeastern University) — 00:04:14
– Rebecca Altman (writer) — 00:09:55
– Ken Cook NEED SLIDES (EWG) — 00:30:43
– Genna Reed (Union of Concerned Scientists) — 00:48:10
– Laura Rabinow (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) — 01:04:45
– Panel Discussion — 01:22:00
– Detlef Knappe (NC State University) — 01:43:50
Chapter 2
– Detlef Knappe continued (NC State University) — 00:00:00
– Emily Donovan (Clean Cape Fear) — 00:05:00
– Amy Risen (North Carolina DEQ) — 00:23:50
– Laura Facciolo (Mamme No PFAS, Italy) — 00:41:45
– Panel Discussion — 01:02:10
Chapter 3
– Mae Wu (NRDC) — 00:00:00
– Sarah Doll (Safer States) — 00:13:20
– Gloria Post (New Jersey DEP) — 00:27:45
Chapter 4
– Andrea Amico (Testing for Pease) — 00:01:45
– Julie Brody (Silent Spring Institute) — 00:15:30
– Laura Anderko (Georgetown University) — 00:29:15
– Alan Ducatman (West Virginia University) — 00:45:35
– Panel Discussion — 01:05:20

Day 3 – June 12th
Speaker starting times:
Chapter 1
– Rainer Lohmann (University of Rhode Island) — 00:00:00
Chapter 2
– Laurel Schaider (Silent Spring Institute) — 00:00:00
– Amila De Silva (Environment Canada) — 00:09:40
– Carla Ng (University of Pittsburgh) — 00:21:50
– Panel Discussion — 00:37:20
Chapter 3
– Angela Slitt (University of Rhode Island) — 00:00:35
Chapter 5
– Antonia Calafat (CDC) — 00:00:00
– Jamie DeWitt (Eastern Carolina University) — 00:14:00
Chapter 6
– Gary Ginsberg (NY Department of Health) — 00:00:00
Chapter 7
– Kay Fritz (MI Dept. of Ag & Rural Development) — 00:01:35
– Johnsie Lang (Oak Ridge Institute for Science Ed.) — 00:16:05
Chapter 8
– Mindi Messmer (NH Safe Water Alliance) — 00:00:00
– Patrick MacRoy (EHSC) — 00:15:15
– Panel Discussion — 00:29:30
– Closing statements, Phil Brown — 00:57:20
– Closing statements, Alana Davis — 01:06:00
– Closing statements, Shaina Kasper — 01:13:00


Please email Melanie Smith with any questions: m.smith@northeastern.edu

This conference is supported by grant funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and is co-hosted by the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute – SSEHRI (Northeastern University, Boston, MA), Silent Spring Institute (Newton, MA), Testing for Pease (Portsmouth, NH), Toxics Action Center (Boston, MA), Sources, Transport, Exposure, & Effects of PFAS – STEEP (University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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