April 14: Let’s Talk About PFAS: Don’t Need It, Don’t Use It

Let's Talk About PFAS: Don't Need It, Don't Use It. Webinar on April 14, 2021Join the University of Rhode Island STEEP Superfund Research Program Center for the next installment of the “Let’s Talk About PFAS” webinar series, featuring a virtual conversation on the essential and non-essential uses of PFAS chemicals in consumer products. With thousands of PFAS on the market, these non-stick and water-resistant substances are among the most ubiquitous synthetic chemicals in the world. They have also been linked with a number of harmful health effects. How critical are these chemicals to our well-being and safety? And, what are the alternatives? From dental floss and cosmetics to medical implants and take-out containers, we’ll explore the many uses of PFAS, how scientists are proposing to accelerate their phase-out, and what communities can do to reduce exposures and protect the local environment.

The virtual event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Register today!

WHAT: “Let’s Talk About PFAS: Don’t Need it, Don’t Use it” – webinar organized by the STEEP Superfund Research Program Center and hosted by the Town of Barnstable. Speaker presentations followed by Q&A with the public.

WHO:  Program and Speakers:

Welcome remarks:

Cheryl Osimo, Executive Director, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition; Cape Cod Outreach Coordinator, Silent Spring Institute


  • Dr. Rainer Lohmann (STEEP Director), Professor of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. View Dr. Lohmann’s presentation (PDF). See below for a video of the webinar.
  • Mark Ells, Town Manager, Town of Barnstable, Cape Cod
  • Q&A   

WHEN: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Watch a video of the webinar: