Secretaries' Science Advisory Board

About the Board

In August 2017, Governor Roy Cooper expanded the scope of the Secretary's Science Advisory Board on Toxic Air Pollutants. Under the board's new charter, the scope of its work has expanded to a broader focus on the impact of new and emerging chemicals. The board will help the state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services by examining new and emerging chemicals and providing guidance on how to manage the compounds to better protect public health and the environment. The new charter increases the membership of the board from eight to 16 members. All members of the board are appointed by the DEQ and DHHS secretaries. Members come from academic institutions and the public and private sectors.  

Among its duties, the board will help DEQ and DHHS by reviewing and evaluating contaminants released to the environment; acting as consultants on DEQ’s determinations to regulate releases of contaminants; and assisting the agencies in identifying contaminants of emerging concern and helping determine whether the contaminants should be studied further. Experts on the panel will also help evaluate the human health impacts of exposure to hazardous contaminants and give input to DHHS as the agency establishes health goals for emerging contaminants.

Tom Augspurger, Ph.D., a supervisory fish and wildlife biologist/environmental contaminants specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Raleigh, and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences Toxicology Program at N.C. State University, assumed the role of chair effective Nov. 27, 2018. Dr. Augspurger will continue his work with the federal agency and NCSU while serving in a private capacity as board chairman. The board provides technical assistance and advice on ways North Carolina can better address issues related to chemicals in the environment, including hexavalent chromium and new and emerging contaminants such as GenX.

Science Advisory Board Members

Science Advisory Board Charter

Future Meeting Schedule

Date and Time Location Agenda

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December 6, 2021* TBD TBD TBD

*Dates subject to change


Meeting Materials and Recordings

October 4, 2021 Meeting

October 4, 2021 Meeting

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Recording

PowerPoint Presentation

August 2, 2021 Meeting June 7, 2021 Meeting April 5, 2021 Meeting February 1, 2021 Past Meetings

Past Meetings

December 7, 2020 Meeting

October 5, 2020 Meeting

August 31, 2020 Meeting

February 24, 2020 Meeting

December 2, 2019

October 7, 2019

June 3, 2019

April 1, 2019

Feb. 4, 2019

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018

Oct. 22, 2018 

Sept. 24, 2018 

  • Meeting cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

Aug. 29, 2018: Draft GenX Report Update

Aug. 20, 2018

June 18, 2018

April 30, 2018 Meeting

March 19, 2018 Meeting

Jan. 29, 2018 Meeting

Dec. 4, 2017 Meeting

Oct. 23, 2017 Meeting