Workshop Prior to DIOXIN 2017: Science and Policy of Organohalogens


Green Science Policy Institute held a workshop on 20 August 2017 prior to the DIOXIN scientific meeting. Leading scientists shared their expertise on the science and policy of organohalogens. Topics included highly fluorinated chemicals and flame retardants. Following short talks, speakers and participants discussed strategies for sharing scientific information with decision makers to protect human health and the environment.

Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Check-in and networking began at 9:00 AM.
Location: Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, Canada


Arlene Blum, Green Science Policy Institute, U.S.
Introduction to Highly Fluorinated Chemicals

Roxana Sühring, Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas), U.K.
Fire Fighting Foams in Offshore Oil & Gas Production: A Major Source of PFCs?

Ian Ross, ARCADIS, U.K.
PFAS Impacts Resulting from Fire Protection: Management and Mitigation Options

Erika Schreder, Toxic Free Future, U.S.
PFASs Contamination in Washington State and Policy Developments

Daniel Borg, KEMI, Sweden
A Swedish Tax on Hazardous Substances in Certain Consumer Products

Christoph Koch, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Science & Regulation of Polymers: A Look at PolyFR

Improving Policy & Purchasing: Communicating about Organohalogens
Improving the impact of scientific research, including viewing and discussion of short videos

PANEL: How Scientists Can Contribute to Policy
Myrto Petreas, California Department of Toxic Substances Control, U.S.
Miriam Diamond, University of Toronto, Canada
Roland Weber, POPs Environmental Consulting, Germany
Tom Bruton, Green Science Policy Institute, U.S.