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.
Sunday, August 14th, 2016 - 5:30pm
At 123 Parker Lane, Blue Hill, Maine
The evening begins with a gala cocktail party at the beautiful Kerrwood residence.
After cocktails, guests will enjoy a delicious dinner at one of several Parker Point homes and continue to learn about MERI’s work in Blue Hill and beyond. To purchase dinner tickets or a sponsorship, call us at 207.374.2135.
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.
Dioxin 2016 - Firenze
The 36th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants
August 28 - September 2
MERI's Founder and Director Dr. Susan Shaw will chair a special session on perfluorinated (Teflon) chemicals: "Is Exposure to PFAs a New Concern for Humans and Wildlife?" with co-chair and MERI Advisory Board member Dr. Anna Roos. Recent, widespread PFOA (Teflon) and PFOSs contamination of public drinking water supplies in the U.S., Europe and Japan, coupled with emerging insights on the underestimated toxicity (carcinogenicity and immunotoxicity) of PFASs, have raised concerns about human and wildlife exposure to these compounds. This special session 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 PFASs pose to individuals and populations.