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Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals Takes Shape at EPA

The purpose of the 18-member committee is to provide “independent advice and expert consultation” on how to implement the new chemical regulations under Lautenberg.

Under guidelines established by the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, which became law last year, the Environmental Protection Agency was required to form a Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC).

The purpose of the 18-member committee is to provide “independent advice and expert consultation” on how to implement the new chemical regulations under Lautenberg.

According to a report in Chemical Watch, the committee will be tasked with reviewing risk assessments, models, tools, guidance documents, chemical category documents and more.

For the committee, the EPA drew on experts from academia, government and the industry. The American Chemistry Council told Chemical Watch, however, that it would like to see more members from the chemical industry on the committee.

Here’s a list of the committee members:

Academia

  • Henry Anderson, MD – University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • James Bruckner, PhD – University of Georgia
  • Deborah Cory-Slechta, PhD – University of Rochester Medical School
  • William Doucette, PhD – Utah State University
  • Panos Georgopoulos, PhD – Rutgers, the State University
  • Kathleen Gilbert, PhD – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • John Kissel, PhD – University of Washington (retired)
  • Sheela Sathyanarayana, PhD – University of Washington
  • Daniel Schlenk, PhD – University of California, Riverside

State and federal government

  • Holly Davies, PhD – Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Melanie Marty, PhD – California Environmental Protection Agency (retired)
  • Valentine Schaeffer, PhD – US Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Industry

  • Concepcion Jimenez-Gonzalez, PhD – GlaxoSmithKline
  • Alan Kaufman – Toy Industry Association (TIA)
  • Craig Rowlands, PhD – Underwriters Laboratories
  • Christopher Waller, PhD – Merck Research Laboratories

Non-governmental organization

  • Kenneth Portier, PhD – The American Cancer Society
  • Catherine Willett, PhD – The Humane Society of the United States

The committee plans to meet three or four times each year.

Since passing Lautenberg, the EPA has also released a list of the first 10 chemicals it plans to review.

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