Experts to discuss PFAS exposure on Gonzaga’s campus tonight

Experts to discuss PFAS exposure on Gonzaga’s campus tonight

Wednesday night, experts will lead a community conversation about toxins found in drinking water in Washington state.

You’ve heard of PFAS, or Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, because of the 2017 water crisis in Airway Heights. Unsafe levels of the chemical found in the city’s water supply are believed to have come from firefighting foam used at nearby Fairchild Air Force Base.

The CDC is currently using the Airway Heights community as a case study to test the effects of being exposed to PFAS.

But according to the Spokane Riverkeeper, PFAS has also been found in the drinking water in Whidbey Island, Issaquah, near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and in the areas surrounding hundreds of other military bases where firefighting foams have been used.

Tonight at the Gonzaga Law School, a group of five experts from state agencies, affected communities, and advocacy groups will discuss how toxins like this in drinking water effect people in Washington state.

The panel discussion runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Barbierri Courtroom. It is free and open to the public. You’re encouraged to attend and ask questions.

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