Speakers for the event set for Tuesday include Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

Mark Magaña, founding president and CEO of GreenLatinos, is set to moderate an online town hall-style discussion next week exploring the effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in the nation’s drinking water and waterways.

The Southern Environmental Law Center, GreenLatinos and EarthJustice are hosting the event set for 1-2 p.m. Tuesday using the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Registration is open.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Geoff Gisler, senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center’s North Carolina office; Christine Santillana,  legislative counsel with EarthJustice; Michelle Mabson, staff scientist with EarthJustice; and Sergio Cahueque, organizer with Defend Our Health, are also expected to participate.

The discussion will focus on PFAS in drinking water and what can be done to protect the most vulnerable communities. A key segment of the discussion is to touch on the Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act, HR 3622 and S. 1907, a bill endorsed by the Southern Environmental Law Center that aims to improve water quality and stop PFAS pollution at the source.

GreenLatinos is a nonprofit organization that addresses national, regional and local environmental, natural resources and conservation issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States.

Founded in 1986, the Southern Environmental Law Center has a team of more than 80 attorneys in nine Southern states and Washington, D.C., focused on law and policy related to environmental protections.

EarthJustice is a nonprofit public interest environmental law organization with more than 160 environmental lawyers nationwide.

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