EBC Emerging Contaminants Webinar: PFAS – Which Risk Where Means What?


Date: May 10, 2022


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Virtual Event

Information for viewing the webinar will be shared with registered attendees in a confirmation email.

PFAS and other emerging contaminants are in the news nearly every day.  Risk of exposure to PFAS in drinking water has historically been the largest concern for regulators and the public.  Recently, bans on PFAS-containing products such as carpets, plastic bags, and food containers are being proposed and/or adopted by cities and states. Often these proposed bans are for “all” PFAS, nearly 10,000 individual compounds, which may have no toxicological data available and include PFAS deemed “safe” for use in water filtration equipment and medical devices.  Striking a balance regarding decisions on PFAS risk is challenging due to the complex science and strong emotions surrounding public health and welfare.

This EBC Emerging Contaminants Webinar is designed to inform attendants about how science-based exposure risks and resulting regulations are determined and the assumptions used in these calculations.  Differing exposure scenarios to environmental media will also be presented. We will also present lessons learned regarding risk communication, including strategies and methods that have successfully related the complex issues surrounding PFAS in public forums.

A robust panel discussion with the audience will conclude the webinar.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.5 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.

Additional information can be found under the “Agenda Details” tab above.
Program Chairs:
  • Steven LaRosa, Technical Lead, Weston & Sampson
  • Hilary Robinson, Senior Scientist, PE, RPS Group
Speaker Agenda:

Utilizing Community Assessment and Engagement to Inform PFAS Risk Communication and Sustainable Risk Management

  • Melissa A. Harclerode, PhD, BCES, Principal, Discipline Leader – Sustainability and Green Cleanups, CDM Smith

PFAS and Human Health Effects: Regulatory Risk Assessment versus Causation

  • Heather Lynch, MPH, Supervising Health Scientist, Cardno ChemRisk

Understanding State PFAS Standards

  • Sarah Grace Hughes, Project Manager, Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)

Moderated Discussion

The available PowerPoint presentations from the EBC Emerging Contaminants Webinar: PFAS – Which Risk Where Means What? completed on May 10, 2022, can be viewed below.

Presentations – EBC Emerging Contaminants Webinar: PFAS – Which Risk Where Means What?

Webinar Recording

Registered Attendees

All registered attendees receive the link to the webinar recording five business days after the conclusion of the webinar. If you are a registered attendee and did not receive the webinar recording, please contact the EBC office.

EBC Members

The webinar recording is available to EBC Members via the Info Hub. If you are an employee of an EBC Member Company and cannot access the Info Hub, please contact the EBC Office.


Non-Members are welcome to register and pay the Non-Member registration rate to receive access to the webinar recording.

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