Senior EU agency official to speak at PFAS webinar next week

A senior official from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which this month published proposals to impose a blanket ban on the use of 'forever chemicals' PFAS across the EU, will speak at a webinar next week examining the increasing focus on the environmental impacts of PFAS in the UK, and its implications.

Peter van der Zandt, director of risk management at ECHA, will be joined at the webinar, organised by ENDS Report, by Robert Bilott, a US environmental attorney whose work has helped uncover the global health effects of PFAS. Bilott's battle to get justice for those harmed by PFOA led to multi-million dollar legal payouts, a Hollywood movie and the shocking revelation that every American has the substance in their blood.

Earlier this month, ECHA published a long-awaited proposal for a group restriction on PFAS, in an effort to minimise the 'inevitable' adverse effects of the persistent organic pollutants. The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden submitted the proposed group restriction on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances to ECHA in January after several years of preparations.

The webinar comes at a time when the UK begins to prepare its own restrictions on PFAS. The Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency are aiming to publish a regulatory management options analysis (RMOA) for PFAS by the end of the spring. The RMOA will analyse the risks posed by PFAS, and inform future policy.

Van der Zandt and Bilott will be joined at the webinar by Chem Trust chemicals campaigner Julie Schneider, and Crispin Halsall, professor of environmental organic chemistry at Lancaster University,

Join the webinar, live at 3.30pm on Monday 27 February, to hear the speakers discuss the story so far, the threat this toxic timebomb poses for the UK, and what environmental professionals can expect to come, including...

* how the net is tightening on PFAS around the globe

* what we know about the extent of PFAS contamination in the UK and the threat that it poses to humans and the environment

* the future of PFAS regulation in the UK, the progress of UK policymakers’ work to assess PFAS regulation and the likely regulatory outcomes

* the potential liabilities that investors, landowners, developers and other businesses may face as a result of tighter PFAS controls in the UK

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