Let’s Talk About PFAS

February 3, 2021


Let's Talk About PFAS webinar

Join us for a virtual conversation on PFAS and their presence in U.S. drinking water, including on Cape Cod. Hear from STEEP scientists and town officials on how Cape Cod is addressing PFAS contamination, what the new state regulations mean for water utilities, and what private well owners can do to protect their water quality.


  • Laurel Schaider, Research Scientist, Silent Spring Institute (co-lead STEEP Community Engagement Core)
  • Alyson McCann, Water Quality Program Coordinator, URI College of Environment and Life Sciences (co-lead STEEP Community Engagement Core)
  • Hans Keijser, Supervisor, Water Supply Division, Town of Barnstable, Cape Cod


  • Wednesday, February 3rd, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Organized by the STEEP Superfund Research Program Center and hosted by the Town of Barnstable. Speaker presentations followed by Q&A with the public.



About the Series:

The event is part of a new monthly webinar series to support not only Cape Cod, but also affected communities nationwide, by sharing information and offering solutions so that communities can better protect themselves. 

The second webinar, scheduled for Thursday, March 11th at 12:00 PM EST, will focus on the human health effects of PFAS, in particular their effects on the immune system and susceptibility to COVID-19. STEEP members Dr. Philippe Grandjean and Dr. Carmen Messerlian from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will talk about the state of the science and what people can do to reduce their risks.


About STEEP: 

The Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFASs (STEEP) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center is a collaboration between the University of Rhode Island, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health, and Silent Spring Institute.

Led by URI, the five-year project is addressing the emerging and expanding problem of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water—how these chemicals move through our environment, how we are exposed through our drinking water, and how they affect our health. Local project partners include the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and the Sierra Club Cape Cod Group.

STEEP is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

For more information about STEEP, visit: