The Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond 2019


This symposium brought together contributors from academia, industry, government, and NGOs to share information on the science and policy of harmful chemicals used in consumer products and building materials. Flame retardants, highly fluorinated, and other chemical classes of concern were discussed.

Date & Time: Friday, February 15, 2019, 8:30am – 4:00pm
Location: University Hall, Berkeley, California, USA


9:00am Efforts to Reduce PFAS: What’s Sticking?

01Arlene Blum
UC Berkeley, Green Science Policy Institute
The Class Concept is Catching On 

02Tom Bruton
Green Science Policy Institute
PFAS Updates

03Rainer Lohmann
University of Rhode Island
Tracking Pollutants from Products to the Poles 

04Pamela Miller
Alaska Community Action on Toxics and IPEN Co-Chair
PFAS Contaminating Our Planet: What Can We Do?

05Robert Bilott, JD
Taft, Stettinius and Hollster, LLP
Towards the Beginning of the End of “Forever Chemicals”? 

06Panel on PFAS
With morning speakers and Heather Bischel, UC Davis

12:00pm Audience Introductions and Lunch

What’s Next for Flame Retardants?

07Lauren Zeise
California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Proposition 65 and Reducing the Use of Chemicals of Concern

08Seth Fernandez
UC Riverside
What Do We Know & What Do We Need to Know About Organophosphate Flame Retardants?

09Lauren Heine
Northwest Green Chemistry
Advancing Healthier Alternatives

10Michael Kirschner
President, Design Chain Associates, LLC
Flame Retardants in Electronics: Is Fire Safety versus Health Safety a False Dilemma?

11Flame Retardants panel discussion with afternoon speakers and Nerissa Wu, Biomonitoring California

Future Directions Group Discussion and Wrap Up
4:00pm End of Day