[Webinar] PFAS "the Forever Chemicals" Contamination in the Great Lakes Basin – A Strategic Discussion on Further Steps Around Binational Citizen Action
June 22, 2020
Bi-national work in the Great Lakes Basin has achieved benefits in the past and this interactive webinar will explore the opportunities to work bi-nationally to protect the Great Lakes from PFAS Contamination. As the biggest freshwater body on earth, the Great Lakes Basin is a shared responsibility of the United States-Canada and the primary source of drinking water for over 40 million people. The U.S.-Canadian federal governments identified specific PFAS - PFOS, PFOA and LC-PFCAs as chemicals of mutual concern in 2016 and are required to release binational strategies to address these PFAS. Building on the current knowledge and campaigns to address PFAS contamination, we will ground the strategy discussion in a brief overview from two presenters to set the scene for a wider discussion of possible bi-national citizen action:
* Michael Murray, Senior Scientists, National Wildlife Federation, will present gaps on U.S. approach to address PFAS in the Great Lakes Basin
* Beverley Thorpe, Consultant to Canadian Environmental Law Association, will highlight Canadian findings of PFAS in the Great Lakes Basin
A facilitated discussion with participants will follow. Please read the resources prior to the webinar. The interactive discussion will not address the technical aspects of PFAS but rather the potential opportunities and strategies to work together.
Time: Jun 22, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)