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Community Lawyering for Environmental Justice Part 10: Environmental Justice Implications of PFAS

June 13 , 12:00 pm 1:30 pm EDT

Join the Environmental Law Institute and the Pro Bono Clearinghouse for the tenth part of our continuing legal education series: Community Lawyering for Environmental Justice. ELI’s Clearinghouse strives to ensure that communities with viable environmental matters get the representation they need, whether in a courtroom, before an agency, or in a more facilitative or consultative fashion. The Clearinghouse connects communities and individuals seeking representation with Clearinghouse members and collaborating organizations.

This installment will focus on the environmental justice implications of “forever chemicals,” including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Our expert panel will highlight developments, challenges, and opportunities in this burgeoning area, discussing research on the disproportionate exposure experienced by communities of color, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory actions, and ongoing advocacy efforts. It will include discussion of the new final PFAS safe drinking water standards and designation of perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid as hazardous substances under CERCLA. The panel is intended to equip attorneys and community advocates with the necessary tools to ensure their communities are not left behind in mitigation efforts.

Jack Schnettler, Public Interest Environmental Law Fellow, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Scott Faber, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Environmental Working Group
Rashmi Joglekar, PhD, Associate Director of Science, Policy & Engagement, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, University of California San Francisco
Jahred Liddie, PhD Student, Population Health Sciences, Environmental Health Department, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Erik D. Olson, Senior Strategic Director for Health, Environmental Health, NRDC


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