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 discussed.
Date & Time: Friday, February 10, 2017, 8:30am – 4:00pm
Location: University Hall, Berkeley, California, USA

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

01Arlene Blum, PhD
Visiting Scholar, Chemistry, UC Berkeley, Green Science Policy Institute
Tackling Toxics: The “Six Classes” Approach Towards Healthier Products, People, and Planet

02Mark Strynar, PhD
US Environmental Protection Agency
Per and Polyfluorinated Compounds: Health and Environmental Impacts

03Robert Bilott, JD
Partner at Taft, Stettinius and Hollister, LLP
The Follow-up to the New York Times Magazine Cover Story: “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare”

10:25am PFASs: Policy and Purchasing

04Malene Teller-Blume
Nonfood Quality and CSR Manager, Coop Denmark
Denmark’s Largest Retailer Shares the Business Case for Phasing Out Endocrine Disruptors

05Jen Jackson, MA
Toxics Reduction and Healthy Ecosystems Program Manager, SF Department of the Environment
Local Action and Fluorinated Compounds

06Laurel Schaider, PhD
Research Scientist, Silent Spring Institute
Sources of PFAS Exposures

11:00am Six Classes Panel Discussion

12:15pm Audience Introductions and Lunch

1:15pm Smoke and Mirrors: Are Flame Retardants Really Out of Furniture?

07Arlene Blum, PhD
Visiting Scholar, Chemistry, UC Berkeley, Green Science Policy Institute
Flame Retardants: Benefit versus Harm

08Tony Stefani
Founder, San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation
Flame Retardants: Not a Firefighter’s Friend

09David Rich, PhD
Principal, Reax Engineering Inc.
Playing with Fire: Fire Testing and Codes

10Sara Petty, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Green Science Policy Institute
Toward Responsible Disposal of Couches and TVs

11Avery Lindeman, MSc
Deputy Director, Green Science Policy Institute
How Safety Standards May Impact Use of Flame Retardants

2:50pm Standards Panel Discussion

With speakers above and Ken Kraus, Fire Inspector, City of Pasadena

3:45pm Future Directions Group Discussion and Wrap Up