Information Webinar will Discuss PFAS 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 8, 2021

Media Contacts: Lorrie Andrew-Spear, Virginia Department of Health,
and Greg Bilyeu, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality,


Information Webinar will Discuss PFAS
Join agency representatives Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 7 to 8 p.m.

 RICHMOND, VA – Last week, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported that information had been received from Newport News Waterworks (NNWW) regarding results from a Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances – also known as “PFAS” – sampling of source water in the Chickahominy River watershed.

A webinar to discuss the findings from the NNWW sampling, Virginia’s response to date, health impacts, future sampling plans, as well as a general overview of PFAS, is scheduled for Tuesday, November 16, from 7 to 8 p.m. Webinar registration info is available here.

Webinar presenters will include:

  • Jeff Steers, DEQ Central Operations Director
  • Bryant Thomas, DEQ Office of Ecology Manager
  • Tony Singh, Ph.D., MPH, P.E., BCEE, CSP, VDH Office of Drinking Water Deputy Director
  • Julie Henderson, VDH Office of Environmental Health Services Director
  • Dwight Flammia, VDH Toxicologist
  • Ron Harris, P.G., Newport News Waterworks Natural Resources Manager
  • Bentley Chan, Henrico County Department of Public Works Director

PFAS are widely used, long-lasting chemicals with components that do not break down naturally over time. The science regarding PFAS in the environment, including sampling methods and laboratory analysis continues to evolve. Find additional PFAS information sources below.

More PFAS information