The Marine & Environmental Research Institute is a nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and people from the harmful impacts of toxic chemical exposure. The Institute produces scientific research that drives change and inspires solutions to the pressing environmental issues of our day. From flame retardants to plastics, our discoveries have informed public opinion and fueled key legislation, which impacts millions of people in Maine and across the country.
The 36th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants
August 28 - September 2 in Florence, Italy
MERI's Founder and Director Dr. Susan Shaw chairs a special session on Perfluorinated (Teflon) Chemicals with co-chair and MERI Advisory Board member Dr. Anna Roos. This special session, Is Exposure to PFAs a New Concern for Humans and Wildlife? brings together leading scientists from different regions of the world to share insights and new findings that will help elucidate the real, present-day health threat that PFAs pose to individuals and populations.
Teflon Chemicals and Global Contamination: What’s In Your Drinking Water?
MERI 2016 Lecture Series
With Sharon Lerner, Health and Environment Journalist
Wednesday September 7th, 2016 - 6pm
At the Center for Environmental Studies, 55 Main Street, Blue Hill, Maine
Investigative journalist Sharon Lerner reports on her global investigations into Perfluorinated Chemical (PFC) contamination around the world. PFCs - including the chemicals used to make Teflon - are toxic, sythetic chemicals used in everyday products. Once they enter the environment they become widespread and persistent. Sharon Lerner's award-winning reporting follows a toxic trail from production sources to ground water, drinking water, and eventually, the oceans.