Secretaries' Science Advisory Board

Next Meeting: 

The Science Advisory Board will meet at 10 am on October 5, 2020.  

*Please note the deadline to register to speak is October 1 at 5pm. You do not have to register if you are just listening to the meeting.*


Public Comment 

The Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board is requesting public comment on a draft report on hexavalent chromium. Comments will be accepted through June 1, 2020.
Public Review Draft: Hexavalent Chromium 
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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

Future Meeting Schedule

  • Monday, June 1, 2020
  • Monday, August 3, 2020
  • Monday, October 5, 2020
  • Monday, December 7, 2020
Unless otherwise indicated, all board meetings will be held at 10 a.m. in the Ground Floor Hearing Room of the Archdale Building located at 512 N. Salisbury Street in Raleigh, N.C. Draft agendas and meeting handouts will be posted here as soon as they become available.

Past Meetings


Press Releases

North Carolina Advisory Board to meet Monday (Jan. 26, 2018)

North Carolina Science Advisory Board to meet in Wilmington Dec. 4 (Nov. 29, 2017)

Members named to state Science Advisory Board to advise on emerging chemicals (Oct. 19, 2017)

State announces chairman, first meeting of expanded state science panel to address new or emerging chemicals (Oct. 12, 2017)