Experts explore latest science on 'forever chemicals'

September 26, 2019

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Webinar to examine costly health threat PFAS contamination poses

Washington, DC - Policymakers are wrestling with how to address “forever” chemicals contaminating water supplies near hundreds of military sites and elsewhere across the country, which could cost billions to clean up.

Endocrine Society and Environmental Working Group scientists will discuss exactly what these chemicals—known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—are and how they threaten our health in a webinar exclusively for journalists on Oct. 2.

Research has linked PFAS chemical exposure to cancer, damage to the reproductive and immune systems, thyroid disease and other health problems. Designed to make water-, grease- and stain-repellent coatings for a variety of products, PFAS chemicals are found in non-stick pan coatings, fast food wrappers, personal care products, firefighting foam, fabrics and carpets. PFAS chemicals do not break down and are known endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

Countries worldwide are grappling with whether and how to regulate PFAS to best protect public health. Denmark became the first nation to ban PFAS chemicals from food packaging earlier this month. The policy takes effect next year.


What: Media webinar examines the state of the science on PFAS chemicals contaminating water and foods.

Who:

  • Tasha Stoiber, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at the Environmental Working Group
  • Scott Belcher, Ph.D., Endocrine Society spokesman and Professor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.


When: Oct. 2, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. (ET)

Register to attend the virtual news conference by emailing
media@endocrine.org. Registered reporters will receive log-in details for the virtual news conference.

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