Panel of Secretaries to investigate effects of PFAS

On Wednesday at 10 a.m., state officials will be seeking guidance from the Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board, made up of experts in various fields, on existing health risk data related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) compounds. The meeting will take place in Raleigh at the Archdale Building.

The board, which advises the departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services, will be reviewing exposure assessments from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) related to PFAS compounds. Exposure assessments are crucial in determining whether a community has been exposed to specific substances in their environment.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting in person 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 and peer-reviewed studies published since the board’s 2023 recommendation on PFMOAA, a PFAS unique to North Carolina. Additionally, discussions will be held on 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 is made up of experts in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering, and other relevant fields. They 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.

By Samantha Johnson

As a content writer at newsnmio.com, I craft engaging and informative articles that aim to captivate readers and provide them with valuable insights. With a background in journalism and a passion for storytelling, I thoroughly enjoy delving into diverse topics, conducting research, and producing compelling content that resonates with our audience. From breaking news pieces to in-depth features, I strive to deliver content that is both accurate and engaging, constantly seeking to bring fresh perspectives to our readers. Collaborating with a talented team of editors and journalists, I am committed to maintaining the high standards of journalism upheld by our publication.

Leave a Reply