PFAS contamination: An emerging problem in California

Dec 13, 2019. Program 9am – 5pm. Reception 5-6pm.

PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been widely used in consumer products to confer stain, water and grease-resistance and as components of fire-fighting foams used at airports, military and industrial sites. Due to the persistence of these compounds in the environment, groundwater contamination and potential health risks are now urgent issues in California, as well as in other regions of the U.S. This scientific meeting will bring together experts to explore future research needs related to PFAS contamination in California.  A series of panel discussions will address the scope of the problem and communities affected, analytical measurement, toxicokinetics, epidemiology, toxicology, and remediation.

Hosted by Martyn Smith, Director, UC Berkeley Superfund Research Program. With Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California EPA.



Registration fee includes lunch and reception. *Registration is limited by the venue’s capacity; please register early.



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The meeting will be held at the:

David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way (between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street)
Berkeley, CA
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The David Brower Center is located approximately a 6-minute walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Head south on Shattuck Avenue (towards Oakland) and turn east (towards the campus) at the first intersection, Allston Way.



The City of Berkeley Oxford Garage is located under the Brower Center. The garage entrance is at:

2165 Kittredge Avenue (between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street)

Parking rates for this garage can be found here.

Information for other City of Berkeley garages and off-street parking can be found here.



The nearest hotel is the:

Hotel Shattuck Plaza
2086 Allston Way (at Shattuck Avenue)
Berkeley, CA



Please contact Cliona McHale ( with questions regarding the meeting.