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These compounds include perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), GenX, and 1,4-Dioxane. There is concern that contaminants such as these may have impacts on public health and aquatic life; research in this area is active and ongoing, while communities that discover trace levels of emerging contaminants are wrestling with what to do.
Two of the leading researchers in the field will share their latest findings about emerging contaminants, addressing topics such as:
- What are these compounds, and where do they come from?
- How much do we know about the environmental risks and health effects?
- What actions are some water utilities taking to address emerging contaminants?
- What are the best practices in stakeholder outreach in this area?