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Should You Drink That: The Unfolding Story of PFAS in our Lives
Since the 1940s, manufacturers have relied upon a class of man-made toxic chemicals that is resistant to heat, water, stains, grease, oil and friction.PFAS, or Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, have provided consumers with popular products such as nonstick cookware, stain-resistant furniture, and water-repellent clothing. Teflon, Scotchgard, Stainmaster, and Gore-Tex are just a few examples of brand names containing PFAS.The manufacture and use of PFAS in consumer products and firefighting foam are so widespread that 99% of Americans have PFAS in their blood today.
On October 4, LWV UMRR will host a panel discussion on PFAS. Join us as our presenters help us understand how PFAS have become a big part of our lives – present in food packaging, household products and drinking water – and what we know about how they affect our health. As awareness of PFAS contamination grows, communities are struggling to cope with tainted drinking water while engaging in advocacy to increase public awareness and bring about constructive change. Learn what the federal government and states are doing to establish safe standards for drinking water and ban the use of PFAS in manufacturing. Most importantly, learn what you can do to help protect yourself, your family and your community.
Monday, October 4, 2021 (Online Event)
6 – 7:30 pm (Central Time)
Register by October 1: https://tinyurl.com/PFAS-OurLives
Please take a minute to complete our survey: (survey link)
Registration is free. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.
Jeff Lamont – Retired hydrogeologist, works with SOH2O (Save Our H2O) to ensure safe drinking water for residents in Northeast Wisconsin and to advocate for state and federal standards for PFAS compounds. Jeff resides in the Tyco/JCI groundwater contamination plume in the Marinette and Town of Peshtigo area and has a private well impacted by PFAS. Jeff and his wife have been living with bottled water for drinking and cooking for the last 3.5 years.
Erika Schreder – Science Director, Toxic-Free Future, conducts and publishes research on toxic chemicals, their presence in people and products, and safer alternatives.
Deanna White – Minnesota Director, Clean Water Action, coordinates EPA and state level interactions for policy and legislation. Deanna has an extensive background in community organizing and advocacy.
To learn more about how you are exposed to PFAS and PFAS regulation in your state, check out this LWV UMRR-researched background sheet with information on PFAS from Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
Monday, October 4, 2021, 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
State/National LWV event