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Science Advisory Board to Talk GenX, TCE

RALEIGH – A GenX report and discussions of other toxic substances are on the agenda for the Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board meeting Monday, the Department of Environmental Quality announced Wednesday.

Structural formula of the compound trichloroethene, or C2HCl3.

The meeting, which is from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Archdale Building at 512 Salisbury St., is also to include a discussion of trichloroethylene, or TCE, a carcinogen with kidney, immune system and other toxic effects that is frequently found in groundwater and was marked to be banned under the Obama administration but is no longer, and a presentation on hexavalent chromium from Health Canada, the Canadian government agency which oversees national public health programs, research and initiatives. Hexavalent chromium is a toxic form of the element chromium with various industrial uses.

The Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board includes 16 experts in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering and other related fields. Board members study ways North Carolina can better address issues related to new and emerging contaminants, including hexavalent chromium and GenX, according to the release.

Their expertise assists the state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services by recommending reviews and evaluations of contaminants, acting as consultants on DEQ’s determinations to regulate contaminants, and helping the agencies identify contaminants of concern and determine which contaminants should be studied further.

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