A Conversation on PFAS: Insights on ‘forever chemicals’ in the Potomac basin
Coordinated by the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB)
ICPRB is planning the 2022 Potomac River Conference focused on PFAS in the Potomac basin, highlighting the state of the science, case studies, policy implications, management actions, and funding considerations.
Call for Presenters coming soon!
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly referred to as PFAS, are a group of more than 4000 synthetic chemicals. Since the 1940s, PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industrial applications, including firefighting foams, food packaging, and a variety of household products.
Often referred to as “forever chemicals,” PFAS compounds are notoriously persistent in the environment and are capable of bioaccumulating in fish, wildlife, and humans. PFAS have been linked to a range of adverse human health outcomes, including cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, thyroid and endocrine disruption, immunological effects, and increased cholesterol levels.
This event currently is planned as a hybrid in-person/online conference. The ICPRB is committed to the health and safety of staff, speakers, and attendees. As the conference date approaches, we will assess the safety of the in-person portion of the event.