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Silent Spring to Update Study on Water Testing

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BARNSTABLE – A virtual community event is being held by the Silent Spring Institute for past and present members of the Hyannis community on May 18th to receive information about the Massachusetts PFAS and Your Health Study.

The federally funded study is looking for health consequences of past exposure to PFAS in drinking water.

Attendees will be able to learn more about the study, the project goals, and meet the research team. Read more…

Families Urged To Join Groundbreaking PFAS Health Studies At Pease Tradeport

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At the former Pease Air Base in Portsmouth, scientists are resuming a pair of pioneering research studies on chemical contamination in drinking water. It could provide some of the best evidence to date of risks posed by the industrial compounds known as PFAS.

But despite more than a year of effort, organizers say they’re having trouble recruiting enough families to join, which could hamper efforts to treat a growing public health crisis. Read more…

Researchers: PFAS exposure linked to vaccine efficacy, children’s immune systems

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BOSTON — A week after a study found higher levels of PFAS in Cape Cod drinking water than was previously known, scientists from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health said exposure to the “forever chemicals” can have a negative effect on immune system development in children and is associated with some risk factors for COVID-19.

“We are late in realizing what these compounds do to the immune system, and in the meantime, these PFAS compounds have been spread globally,” Dr. Philippe Grandjean, an adjunct professor of environmental health, said during a public webinar Thursday. “I’ve never met a blood sample that did not contain PFAS. We are all exposed.” Read more…

PFAS-REACH team participates in Barnstable County Virtual Water Fair

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Looking for a fun at-home way to learn about Cape Cod’s water quality? “Attend” the Virtual Water Family Festival on Saturday May 30th! You will find tip sheets, videos, family activities, and so much more. Resources featured come from local Cape Cod non-profit organizations, town departments, and Barnstable County program areas. This FREE online event is brought to you by Barnstable County, the Groundwater Guardians, and Barnstable County Water Utility. PFAS-REACH materials can be found with information about Silent Spring Institute’s virtual “table”. Visit the event website for more information!

Working with Communities to Understand and Address PFAS Exposures: Webinar featuring PFAS-REACH Co-Principal Investigators

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PFAS-REACH co-Principal Investigators Laurel Schaider and Phil Brown, along with Detlef Knappe, will give a webinar on March 25, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm, titled “Working with Communities to Understand and Address PFAS Exposures”. The webinar is hosted by Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH), part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Registration is requiredRead more… 


Pease Study community meeting on October 24, 2019

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CDC and ATSDR staff will hold public availability sessions on October 24, 2019 to kick-off the Pease Study and register participants exposed to PFAS through drinking water at the Pease International Tradesport in New Hampshire, the site of the former Pease Air Force Base. PFAS-REACH staff will attend the meeting and share information about the PFAS-REACH children’s health study. Read more…

PFAS Workshop at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is hosting a workshop from September 26-27, 2019 in Washington, DC to identify opportunities to understand, control, and prevent exposure to PFAS. The goal of the workshop is to explore opportunities across sectors to understand human PFAS exposure, and to reduce and prevent PFAS exposure. PFAS-REACH project leader, Dr. Laurel Schaider, will be speaking at the workshop. Visit the workshop website to learn more!

Testing for Pease Co-Founder Andrea Amico to speak at TedXPortsmouth

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Andrea Amico, Co-Founder of Testing for Pease and community partner for PFAS-REACH, will be speaking at TedXPortsmouth on September 13, 2019, in Portsmouth, NH. Andrea is a mom turned nationally recognized clean-water activist. An occupational therapist with a master’s degree from Worcester State college, Andrea, her husband Joe, and three beautiful, amazing children: Sophia, Vinny, and Gia have lived in Portsmouth since 2007. She will speak about her experience advocating for clean water in her community. Visit the TedXPortsmouth website to learn more!

2019 PFAS Conference

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The Second National Conference on PFAS was held in Boston, June 10-12, 2019 at Northeastern University. The significant growth in the number of contaminated sites, public awareness, community organizing, public policy, advisories and regulation, scientific research, and media attention called us to once again bring together the array of participants and stakeholders that made the first conference so successful. Researchers and community partners from PFAS-REACH were on the conference organizing committee. You can find the schedule, recorded panels and presentations, and speaker biographies from the 2019 Conference on the PFAS website here.