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Toxic Exposure and Health: Communities on the Front Lines




2023 Summer Environmental – Weekend Intensive

About This Class

This class will examine the environmental health threat posed by the class of “forever” chemicals known as PFAS and consider the strengths and limitations of various legal tools and advocacy strategies to address the PFAS crisis. The class will look at the many difficulties posed by seeking to solve an environmental health problem once it has already proliferated throughout our society and economy. The class will pay particular attention to those communities most directly affected by PFAS pollution, and consider what effective mechanisms exist, if any, to reduce or eliminate ongoing exposure to affected communities, and to provide some measure of compensation and justice. Students will be asked to participate in problem solving exercises looking at how to address these problems through legislation, administrative advocacy, litigation, as well as community organizing and coalition building, corporate campaigns and media.

Class Code



Environmental Law