PFAS 101: An Introduction to the Occurrence and Toxicity of PFAS and their Impacts to Utilities

Part 1 of 4. Learn about PFAS and the adverse impacts to the environment and human health resulting from the bio accumulative and persistent nature of the compounds.
July 21, 2021
2:00pm EDT - 4:00pm EDT

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This virtual offering—through Zoom Webinar—features live presentations and the opportunity to ask questions in real time. 


Attend one, live session from 2-4 p.m. Eastern on July 21. 

Webinar Description

Learn about the background of PFAS and receive an overview of the adverse impacts to the environment and human health due to the bio accumulative and persistent nature of the compounds.

PFAS are a family of synthetic fluorinated compounds which have been mass produced in the United States for decades for a wide variety of industrial and commercial applications such as textiles, aqueous film forming foams, metal plating, semi-conductors, paper and food packaging, coating additives, cleaning products, pesticides and personal care products. According to U.S. EPA, PFAS pose potential adverse impacts to the environment and human health due to the bio accumulative and persistent nature of the compounds.

The chemistry of PFAS is unique and challenging. There is currently no consensus on the best method for all environmental matrices and compounds of concern but a multitude of varying approaches. In the absence of federal regulation and guidance, and alongside the variations in analytical techniques, there are a growing variation in actions being taken at the state level. States have proposed or promulgated limits for various PFAS compounds—all being different from one another, and for differing matrices or programs.  

Topics include:

  • Chemical properties of PFAS
  • PFAS uses and occurrences
  • Toxicology of PFAS
  • An introduction to EPA’s PFAS action plan
  • State and federal PFAS legislation


Recommended for

Public power general managers, wastewater treatment personnel, risk managers, legal counsel, and policymakers. 

Series Description

This four-part webinar series is designed to educate attendees on the short and long-term implications their decisions can make in testing and treating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Receive the latest information on how state governments and the EPA plan to regulate these chemicals.  


Email: [email protected]; Phone: 202-467-2978

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Registration/Fee Information

Registration is for one person (individuals receive unique log in credentials that cannot be shared) and includes individual access to the post-event recording and PDF presentations. Discounted group pricing is available.

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Registration Fees

Can’t attend live? Most webinars are recorded, in case you miss the live version (registrants automatically receive the recording within a week of the webinar), with the exception of a portion of Webinar #2 (July 27).

Webinar Access and Materials

  • Zoom Links: Zoom log in credentials will be sent out the day before the event.
  • Course materials: Attendees will receive access to APPA’s secure online document portal the day before the webinar, where an electronic PDF copy of the presentation can be accessed. No advance review or printing is required.  
  • Recordings: The webinars will be recorded and can also be accessed through APPA’s document portal (within a week), in case you can’t attend the live version—with the exception of a portion of Webinar #2 (July 27).


Registrants who cancel in writing at least two business days (48 hours) before a live event, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee. Registrants who cancel with less than two business days’ notice of a scheduled event are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. 

Registrants who aren’t able to attend the live event(s) will automatically receive access to the webinar recordings. 

Please send cancellation or substitution requests to [email protected]


Email: [email protected]; Phone: 202-467-2978

Email: [email protected]; Phone: 202-467-2965

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Format and Technology Requirements 

  • Format: These webinars will be offered on the Zoom Meeting platform. There will be real-time presentations (lecture-based approach) with some live polling included and time for Q&A. 
  • Zoom Meeting Application: You’ll need a strong Internet connection, in order to run the Zoom webinar platform. Visit Zoom.us/test to ensure you are able to join a meeting. 
  • Audio: We recommend using your computer mic/audio to listen to the webinar (alternatively a call-in number will be provided). 


  • 24 hours after registering: You’ll receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, which contains some preliminary information.
  • 1 day before:
    • You’ll receive your Zoom log in links the day before each webinar (sent from the APPA Academy’s Zoom account <[email protected]>), with another Zoom reminder sent an hour in advance of each event.
    • You’ll also receive a final logistics email 24 hours in advance of an event (directly from an APPA staff member (@PublicPower.org), which will contain directions on accessing the APPA online document portal where you’ll find a copy of the materials and (later) copies of the recordings.
  • If you don’t receive this correspondence, email [email protected] or call 202-467-2978.

New to Zoom?

If you haven't participated in a Zoom meeting before, please download the Zoom web client from the Zoom Download Center. This will enable you to access all of the Zoom tools and functionality vs. using the web version.  

If you are not able to download the Zoom web client, you can still participate via your Internet browser. We recommend using Chrome for the best results. If you use your Internet browser, your functionality may be more limited (for example, you will only be able to see one video feed at a time), and you will need to create a Zoom account. (Account creation is a free and straightforward process, but you will want to do this in advance so you do not miss any part of the webinar).

Privacy and Security 

The American Public Power Association takes your privacy and security very seriously. For this reason, we have put the following security measures in place for this webinar:

  • A random Meeting ID
  • Password-protected
  • Enabled waiting room to screen meeting participants
  • Restricted screen sharing to hosts only

Code of Conduct

Participants agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If participants engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the code, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings, with no warning or refund. 


Email: [email protected]; Phone: 202-467-2978

Email: [email protected]; Phone: 202-467-2965