The Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board will hear during its in-person meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday in Raleigh a toxicology summary for PFAS and updates on recent studies for the long-lasting chemicals.
The meeting is to take place in the Archdale Building’s ground floor hearing room at 512 N. Salisbury St. The public can sign up to comment at the meeting.
The draft agenda is available online as well as information on how to join by WebEx or by phone.
Department of Environmental Quality staff will present a synopsis of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, toxicological summary shared during the Nov. 9 Environmental Management Commission meeting, and the status of the consent order toxicology studies and other known PFAS studies underway at other agencies.
Also during the meeting, DEQ Assistant Secretary Sushma Masemore will request the board’s assistance to prepare a legislative report that assesses human health risks of 1,4-Dioxane in drinking water as outlined in the state law, “An Act To Provide Further Regulatory Relief To The Citizens Of North Carolina.”
The Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board currently includes 13 experts who assist state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services with recommending reviews and evaluations of contaminants, acting as consultants on DEQ’s determinations to regulate contaminants, and helping the agencies identify contaminants of concern and determine which contaminants should be studied further.