PFAS in West Michigan: Environmental and Health Concerns
Science on Tap
Date and TimeThursday, November 8, 2018
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
- SpeakEZ Lounge | 600 Monroe Ave. Grand Rapids NW 49503
Title: PFAS in West Michigan: Environmental and Health Concerns
Speaker: Richard Rediske (Annis Water Resources Institute), Chris Pearl (Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, GVSU)
Location: SpeakEZ Lounge | 600 Monroe Ave. Grand Rapids NW 49503
Date: Thursday, November 8
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are synthetic chemicals used in manufacturing and commercial products that resist environmental degradation, contaminate drinking water, bioaccumulate in fish tissue, and are of concern to human health. Drinking water supplies have been impacted in the Grand Rapids area due to historic waste discharges by a tannery in Rockford and firefighting foam usage at the Kent County Airport. Dr. Richard Rediske will talk about the chemical and environmental properties of PFAS and why they are of concern in Michigan. Dr. Chris Pearl will discuss the potential toxic and endocrine disrupting biologic effects of the PFAS compounds. They will also discuss the controversy over setting drinking water standards for human exposure.