North Carolina Science Advisory Board to meet in Wilmington Dec. 4

Raleigh, NC

The North Carolina Science Advisory Board will hold its second meeting on Dec. 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Wilmington at the Warick Center in Ballroom 1 at UNC Wilmington, 601 South College Road.

Items on the agenda include a discussion of emerging contaminants that are not regulated by the EPA, an interim report on GenX and presentations of available health studies and advisories related to GenX. To see the full agenda, go to: https://deq.nc.gov/documents/science-advisory-board-agenda-12417

Also on Dec. 4, SAB members will hold a public forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Warick Center to hear public feedback on GenX and other concerns surrounding emerging contaminants.

The board of 16 experts in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering and other related fields will study ways to better protect North Carolina’s environment from new and emerging contaminants, including GenX and hexavalent chromium.

“We are fortunate to have these experts working on behalf of the people of North Carolina and look forward to their guidance on emerging, unregulated contaminants,” said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. “This panel of scientists will help us to better understand these emerging compounds and how to best protect public health and the environment.”

Members of the Science Advisory Board will use their expertise to assist DEQ and DHHS by recommending reviews and evaluations of contaminants released into the environment; acting as consultants on DEQ’s determinations to regulate releases of contaminants; and assisting the agencies in identifying contaminants of 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 that establishes health goals for emerging contaminants.

To read more about the board, see a list of members and their areas of expertise and hear past recordings, go to https://deq.nc.gov/news/hot-topics/genx-investigation/secretaries-science-advisory-board/secretaries-science-advisory.

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