Action Alert: NC DEQ Scientific Advisory Board Seeking Nominations

Jul 19, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is restructuring the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) with a new charter and purpose. Previously, the SAB focused solely on air quality issues, but with a broader range of issues arising, DEQ is expanding the board’s role. The board’s immediate priority is to look into water standards for communities around coal ash storage facilities that are receiving filtered water. With this restructuring, DEQ is calling for nominations of qualified physicians, scientists and health professional.

However the SAB will continue to look at air quality issues. As a MAHA member, you know how important it is to communicate and advocate for public health through clean air policies. The SAB will still continue to look at air quality issues, and being a member of the board is an important opportunity for you to guide policy and standards to protect the health of your community and all North Carolinians.

Unfortunately, there is a very short time frame for nominations. If you are interested in joining the SAB, would like to nominate someone or would like more information, please contact the MAHA Manager, Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky at [email protected] by 8:30 a.m. Monday July 24.

Criteria for nomination to the Scientific Advisory Board:

  1. Domiciled in North Carolina.
  2. Meet the criteria of the position description of one or more seats on the Board.
  3. Hold Doctorate-level degree (example MD, PhD, DVM, Dr.PH, Dr.SC, etc.) relating to one of the following fields:
    • Occupational Medicine
    • Environmental Medicine
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • Toxicology – prefer Board Certification
    • Pharmacology
    • Medicinal Chemistry
    • Zoology
    • Biochemistry
    • Biostatistics
    • Epidemiology
    • Biomathematics
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Atmospheric Chemistry
    • Meteorology
    • Industrial Hygiene, Board Certified
    • Water Resource Management
    • Hydrology
  4. Experience in risk assessment and familiarity with toxicological modelling.
  5. Experience in air or water or waste-related issues.
  6. Appoint at least one PhD level toxicologist, and preferably appoint two PhD level toxicologists
  7. Appoint one MD and one PhD epidemiologist.
  8. Preference for including the maximum available expertise pertaining to the following:
    • Biostatistics
    • Laboratory toxicological testing
    • Physiology
    • Veterinary medicine
    • Biochemistry/genomics/metabolomics
    • Physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling
    • Environmental chemistry and contaminant fate and transport mechanisms