Secretaries' Science Advisory 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.

Next Meeting

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday, March 19
Archdale Building Ground Floor Hearing Room
512 N. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, N.C. 27604

Past Meetings

Jan. 29, 2018 Meeting
Meeting Agenda
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

Science Advisory Board Members

Science Advisory Board Audio Recordings