The state Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board when it meets in June is expected to continue discussion of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, research.
The board’s online meeting is set for 10 a.m. June 7. Connect to the meeting or listen by phone by calling 415-655-0003 and use 161 744 3781 as the access code. Mute your telephone upon entering. View the meeting agenda online. To speak during the meeting, register by 5 p.m. May 31.
The board’s PFAS discussion has continued since October.
PFAS include a growing group of more than 4,700 manufactured chemicals used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics and military as well as in everyday products to keep food from sticking to cookware, make clothes and stain resistant, and in firefighting foam, according to National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
The board, which includes 16 professionals in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering and related fields, assists the state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services by recommending reviews and evaluations of contaminants, acting as consultants on the state Department of Environmental Quality’s determinations to regulate contaminants, and helping the agencies identify contaminants of concern and determine which contaminants should be studied further.