EPA asking for nominations to 2 scientific boards

Agency directs CASAC to address adverse effects related to air quality standards

Posted June 30, 2017

EPA is seeking nominations for the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). Both scientific boards provide independent science-based advice to EPA to inform Agency rulemaking. Nominations will be accepted until July 27, 2017.

Under the Clean Air Act, CASAC has specific statutory duties, which include providing advice relating to air quality standards such as the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). According to EPA, a recent report from the Government Accountability Office showed CASAC has never provided advice on adverse social, economic, or energy effects related to NAAQS. EPA says that moving forward, it will ensure CASAC addresses this “serious deficiency and fulfills its complete duties, as spelled out by legislative statute.”

EPA head Scott Pruitt said the nominations are an opportunity to provide a clear direction for the future of the boards. Nominations can be submitted to each board’s website.

For SAB nominations, visit www.epa.gov/sab.

For CASAC nominations, visit www.epa.gov/casac.

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