“Emerging Contaminants, Forever Chemicals, and More: Challenges to Water Quality, Public Health, and Communities”

Subcommittee: Water Resources and Environment Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 Time: 11:00 AM Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building and Virtually


This hearing will examine various perspectives on emerging contaminants, so-called forever chemicals, and their impacts on public health and water quality. Specifically, the subcommittee will look at the growing concern in surface waters, their effects or potential effects on human and aquatic ecosystems, and the Clean Water Act’s framework for addressing contaminants in surface waters.


  1. Dr. Elizabeth Southerland
    Former Director of Science and Technology
    U.S. EPA Office of Water
  2. Chris Kennedy
    Town Manager
    Town of Pittsboro, North Carolina
  3. Dr. Elise Granek
    Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Management Department
    Portland State University
  4. Capitain Charles Moore
    Research Director
    Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research
  5. Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM, FAAN
    Executive Director
    Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment
  6. James (Jim) Pletl, Ph.D
    Director of Water Quality, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Virginia Beach, VA
    (On Behalf of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies)