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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.

Jamie Bartram, Ph.D., a professor and founding director of The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed to lead the newly expanded board. The board’s first task will be studying ways to better protect public health and the environment from new or emerging chemicals of concern, including GenX and hexavalent chromium.

Science Advisory Board Members

Upcoming Meetings

All board meetings will be held in the ground floor hearing room of the Archdale Building located at 512 N. Salisbury Street in Raleigh, N.C. All meetings start at 10 a.m. Draft agendas and meeting handouts will be posted here as soon as they become available.
Oct. 22, 2018 at 10 a.m.

WebEx Link for Oct. 22:
Meeting number (access code): 647 891 060
Join by phone: 1-415-655-0003


Past Meetings

Sept. 24, 2018 
Meeting cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

Aug. 20, 2018
SAB Report: Review of the North Carolina Drinking Water Provisional Health Goal for GenX
Note: This is the version of the report that was distributed and reviewed during the Aug. 20 meeting. Changes proposed during the meeting are being incorporated into the document. Once that work is complete, the revised report will be posted to the website as part of the upcoming public comment period.
Reference documents: NC DHHS BMD Report May 2018, NC DHHS BMD Supplemental Report June 2018
AWWA Cr6 Primer
Duke Energy Basins & Groundwater
Duke Energy Letter to SAB June 2018
Duke Energy Statement on Duke University Study
Duke Energy Private Well Testing Update Nov. 2016
Duke University News Release Oct. 2016
Haley Aldrich Report
Study of Cr (VI) and V Standards April 2016

April 30, 2018 Meeting
Meeting Agenda
March 19 Meeting Minutes 
Total Chromium Presentation
Hexavalent Chromium Presentation 

March 19, 2018 Meeting
Meeting Agenda
Jan. 29 Meeting Minutes
Report: PPARα‑dependent rodent liver tumor response
Report: Human relevance of rodent liver tumors
PFAS Study from PLOS Biology
Shea Letter to SAB
DeWitt-Belcher Letter to SAB
GenX Benchmark Dose Presentation
Drinking Water Standards Presentation
Water Quality Standards Presentation
GenX Toxicity Study Summary Tables for Benchmark Dose Modeling

Jan. 29, 2018 Meeting
Meeting Agenda
Dec. 4, 2017 Meeting Minutes
DHHS: GenX Health Studies and Advisories
Overview of Precautionary Principle
Issues Related to Deriving Water Quality Standards
Chemours Health Studies
View WebEx Recording

Dec. 4, 2017 Meeting
Meeting Agenda 
Gen X Health Studies and Advisories Powerpoint
Science Advisory Board Meeting PowerPoint
DHHS Drinking Water Advisory Decision Matrix

Oct. 23, 2017 Meeting 
Meeting Summary

Press Releases

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

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

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

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