Panel of Secretaries to investigate effects of PFAS

North Carolina’s Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board Meet to Review Health Risks of PFAS, 1,4-Dioxane, and More

The Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board, made up of experts in various fields, will be providing guidance to state officials on existing PFAS health risk data. This meeting will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Raleigh. The board, which advises the departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services, will be reviewing exposure assessments from the CDC and EPA related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) compounds.

Exposure assessments are crucial in determining whether a community has been exposed to specific substances in their environment. These assessments involve measuring the amount, frequency, and duration of exposure. 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 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 comprised 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.

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