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Secretaries' Science Advisory Board

Next Meeting

Feb. 4, 2019

WebEx Link
Join by phone: 1+415-655-0003
Meeting Access Code: 644 291 289

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

  • April 1, 2019
  • June 3, 2019
  • Aug. 5, 2019
  • Oct. 7, 2019
  • Dec. 2, 2019
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

Science Advisory Board Audio Recordings
Monday, Dec. 3, 2018
Meeting Agenda
Oct. 22, 2018 
DEQ TCE Indoor Air Action Level Report
Note: Following distribution and review at the Oct. 22 meeting, this report was made available for public comment through Nov. 21, 2018. 
Sept. 24, 2018 
Meeting cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.
Aug. 20, 2018


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