Upper Cape residents know about contaminants in the water supply and the efforts of Joint Base Cape Cod to remove them. Recently residents have heard about a different group of contaminants of emerging concern, the Per- and Polyfluoroalkyd Substances (PFASs) that are showing up in wells. On Wednesday, November 13, the adult education program of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth invites the public to learn more about these PFASs.

PFAS chemicals are common in many stain-resistant, grease-proof, waterproof and nonstick consumer products. Laurel Schaider, research scientist at Silent Spring Institute, will speak about where these chemicals come from, how they can affect health, how regulators are responding, and what can be done to reduce exposure and protect the environment.

There will be ample time for questions.

Dr. Schaider is a research scientist at Silent Spring Institute, where she leads the water quality research on highly fluorinated chemicals and other contaminants of emerging concern. Her research focuses on characterizing PFAS exposures from drinking water, understanding health effects associated with PFASs, identifying other sources of PFAS exposure such as food packaging, investigating socioeconomic disparities in exposures to drinking water contaminants, and working with communities to develop research studies and resources to address their concerns.

The talk will take place Wednesday, November 13, at 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth’s meetinghouse, 840 Sandwich Road in East Falmouth.

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