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From PCBs to PFAS on May 9

As pioneers in their respective fields, Steven Eisenreich and Scott Mabury will reflect on lessons learned to more efficiently understand the threats and impacts of PCBs and PFAS. There are important similarities and important differences; both can be informative. 

  • Steven Eisenreich | Led groundbreaking research, from helping to develop the early fundamentals of PCB detection and cycling to his current exploration of climate change impacts on organic pollutant cycles. He’s also been at the forefront of water management, implementing the Water Framework Directive and the new chemicals policy REACH for the European Commission Joint Research Centre. 
  • Scott Mabury | Exposed that long-chain PFAS from consumer products were being converted to short-chain compounds in the environment, which sparked new regulations, research, and remediation. He continues to lead innovative research, from exploring the role that sunlight plays in “natural cleansing” to investigating fluorinated pollutants. 

Despite decades of regulation and remedial effort, Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) continue to impair environmental health in freshwater and estuarine systems throughout the world. More recently, the environmental and human health impacts of PFAS, another widely used group of halogenated organic compounds, have become apparent. Coupled with ongoing research and monitoring, the regulatory and management (cleanup) systems are rapidly evolving. The symposium will be an opportunity to reflect on what we know, what we don’t know, and what’s next for PCBs and PFAs.

Join us on Thursday, May 9 on Zoom at 8 – 10 am PT/11 am – 1 pm ET/5 – 7 pm CET