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A group of state officials will seek advice from a board comprised of experts in various fields on existing PFAS health risk data. The meeting will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Raleigh, where the Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board will review 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. Those who attend in person will have the opportunity to participate in a public comment period by signing up upon arrival.

In addition to reviewing exposure assessments, the agenda for the meeting will 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. Discussions will also 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 composed of 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. To learn more about the board or access recordings of past meetings visit their website.

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