The Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond

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 all discussed.
Date & Time: Friday, February 9, 2018, 8:30am – 4:00pm
Location: University Hall, Berkeley, California, USA

8:30am: Registration and Networking: Continental Breakfast

9:00am A Sticky Issue: Highly Fluorinated and Other Harmful Chemicals

01Arlene Blum, PhD
UC Berkeley, Green Science Policy Institute
Tackling Toxics for Healthier Products, People, and Planet 

02Johnsie Lang, PhD
Scientist, US Environmental Protection Agency
My Life Beyond PFAS in Landfill Leachate

03Graham Peaslee, PhD
Professor, University of Notre Dame
This Little PIGE Performed a Quick Analysis for Total Fluorine

04Sharon Lerner
Investigative Journalist, The Intercept, The Investigative Fund
The Teflon Toxin – The Chemistry of Deception

05Panel: My Life with PFAS
With morning speakers and Martin Mulvihill, PhD, Co-Founder, Safer Made

12:00pm Audience Introductions and Lunch

The Flame Retardant Dilemma: Ten Years Later

06Eve Gartner, JD
Litigator, Health Communities Program, Earthjustice
Regulating Chemicals by Class: The Inside Story of a Giant Step Forward

07Joseph Fleming
Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
Do Fire Fighters Support the Banning of Flame Retardants?

08Judith Anderson, MSc
Industrial Hygienist, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
Everything You Didn’t Want to Know About Toxic Chemicals in the Aircraft Cabin

09Panel: Reflections on the Flame Retardant Dilemma
With afternoon speakers and Judy Levin, MSW, Pollution Prevention Director, Center for Environmental Health and Tony Stefani, President, San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation

3:45pm Future Directions Group Discussion and Wrap Up
4:00pm End of Day