Welcome to the event schedule and directory for the 13th Annual Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium, November 20-21, 2019. Free and open to all, the Symposium encourages a comprehensive review of the current state of our watershed while creating learning and networking opportunities for a broad array of stakeholders. Sessions cover a broad range of topics on water quality and watershed issues with local, regional, and national relevance. Hosted by Salt Lake County Watershed Planning & Restoration.

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Wednesday, November 20 • 9:15am - 9:45am
PFAS: More Than a Mouthful

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PFAS: More Than a Mouthful

Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) have unique properties and are used in many consumer products. Most people in the U.S. have PFAS in their body. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality will discuss the ongoing investigations of potential PFAS contamination in Utah.

Full Abstract:
Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are more than just hard to say. This group of more than 3,000 man-made substances has unique and useful properties. Because of their properties, they are used in many consumer products and industrial processes. A well-known PFAS product is Teflon. However, after human blood samples indicated widespread exposure to general population, manufacturing of 2 specific types of PFAS, PFOA and PFOS, ceased in the U.S. While exposures to the general population have decreased since manufacturing ceased, most of the general population are still being exposed via consumer products. Additionally, analytical methods are only available for a limited number of PFAS. In other states, drinking water, fish, and milk have been contaminated near PFAS manufacturing facilities or where large quantities of PFAS were released. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is currently investigating the potential for environmental PFAS contamination in Utah. After a general introduction to PFAS, the current status of the ongoing Utah investigations will be presented.

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Chris Bittner

Standards Coordinator, Utah Division of Water Quality
Mr. Bittner is an environmental toxicologist and the water quality standards coordinator

Ben Brown

Monitoring Section Manager, Utah Division of Water Quality Monitoring Section
Mr. Brown is

Wednesday November 20, 2019 9:15am - 9:45am MST
Lower Level - Ballroom C