April 17, 2019

PFAS Pollutants: Toxins in Washington Water

Event Details

Date & Time

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


School of Law


Barbieri Courtroom

About This Event

Come hear from a panel of experts about recent controversies directly effecting our community. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are used to make coatings and products resistant to oil and water, or to reduce friction. They have many industrial applications and are used to make certain types of firefighting foams. In recent years, PFAS contamination above Environmental Protection Agency’s health advisory level has been found in drinking water wells in Airway Heights, North Whidbey Island, Issaquah, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (near Tacoma, Washington), and at hundreds of other military bases where firefighting foams were used. Chemicals in the foam have reportedly seeped into water in and around those bases.


Arthur Wendel, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Kevin Anderson, City of Airway Heights
Carina Wells, Toxic-Free Future
Kara Steward, WA State Department of Ecology
Dorothy Tibbets, WA State Department of Health

This event is co-hosted by the Spokane Riverkeeper and the Environmental Law & Land Use Clinic at Gonzaga Law. 

For more information please contact Lee First, Spokane Riverkeeper or Rick Eichstaedt, Gonzaga Law.