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Public Input Sought on Draft GenX Report

RALEIGH − The public is being asked for comment by the closing date of Sept. 28 on a report that will guide setting GenX standards.

The state Department of Environmental Quality announced Thursday that Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board officials are looking for input on the draft report that aims to provide recommendations on both a reference dose to be used to establish water quality standards and on the derivation and calculation of the health goal for GenX. The comment period began Thursday, Aug. 30.

“The draft report is the culmination of extensive research and deliberations by the board, which provides guidance to the state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services as the agencies work to address emerging compounds statewide,” according to the release.

Put “GenX Report” in the email’s subject line and send to Comments.SABReport@ncdenr.gov. Comments may also be submitted by mail to NCDEQ, Attn: Louise Hughes, 1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1601.

All comments received by the Sept. 28 closing date will be considered in finalizing the report.

The Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board assists DEQ and Department of Health and Human Services by providing guidance on how to manage emerging compounds to better protect public health and the environment. Appointed by the DEQ and DHHS secretaries, the 16 board members come from academic institutions and the public and private sectors.

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