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Emerging Contaminants: Research to Reality

MARCH 2018
Emerging contaminants, including industrial chemicals and byproducts, are increasingly being detected at low levels in surface water and drinking water supplies.

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? 

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Presentation Slides
A PDF file of the presentation slides are available for download.
Westfield Pioneers PFOA and PFOS Treatment
Learn how one community found a solution to PFAS concerns.
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Fact Sheet
Many resources are available for public PFAS education. Here's one example from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
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Contact Our Panelists


Melissa Harclerode

Melissa A. Harclerode, PhD, ENV SP
Environmental Sustainability Scientist

Charles Schaefer

Charles E. Schaefer, Jr., PhD
Principal Environmental Scientist



Andrew Beaton

Andrew Beaton
Communications Specialist