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Public Forum Dec. 4 To Hear GenX Concerns

WILMINGTON — A public forum to hear feedback on GenX and other concerns surrounding emerging contaminants is Monday, Dec. 4, following the North Carolina Science Advisory Board’s second meeting.

Both the meeting and the public forum, which is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., will be in the Warwick Center in Ballroom 1 at University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 South College Road.

During the Science Advisory Board meeting set for 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, the panel of 16 experts in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering and other related fields will discuss emerging contaminants not regulated by the EPA, an interim report on GenX and presentations of available health studies and advisories related to GenX plus other items on the the agenda.

The Science Advisory Board members were chosen to assist DEQ and DHHS by recommending reviews and evaluations of contaminants released into the environment; acting as consultants on DEQ’s determinations to regulate releases of contaminants; and assisting the agencies in identifying contaminants of concern and helping determine whether the contaminants should be studied further.

“We are fortunate to have these experts working on behalf of the people of North Carolina and look forward to their guidance on emerging, unregulated contaminants,” said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, in the press release. “This panel of scientists will help us to better understand these emerging compounds and how to best protect public health and the environment.”

Experts on the panel will also help evaluate the human health impacts of exposure to hazardous contaminants, and give input to DHHS as the agency that establishes health goals for emerging contaminants.

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