April 20, 2024 12:04 am
Panel of Secretaries to investigate effects of PFAS

The meeting of the Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board, comprised of experts in various fields, will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Raleigh to review existing PFAS health risk data. The board advises the departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services and is essential in determining whether communities have been exposed to specific substances in their environment through exposure assessments from the CDC and EPA related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) compounds.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting in person at the Archdale Building in Raleigh or listen online via WebEx using the provided webinar number and password. In-person attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a public comment period by signing up upon arrival.

The agenda for the meeting will also cover updates on a PFAS rulemaking package, peer-reviewed studies published since the board’s 2023 recommendation on PFMOAA, a PFAS unique to North Carolina, as well as human health risk data for 1,4-Dioxane in drinking water. This substance is a solvent used in manufacturing other chemicals and is a trace contaminant in certain consumer products, such as cosmetics, detergents, and shampoos according to the CDC.

The Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board comprises experts in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering, and other relevant fields who serve to provide guidance and support to the departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services. For more information on the board and access to recordings of past meetings visit their website.

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