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Jan 31 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB). Appointments will be announced by the Administrator. Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than March 2, 2023.

The SAB is a chartered Federal Advisory Committee, established in 1978, under the authority of the Environmental Research, Development and Demonstration Authorization Act (ERDDAA), codified at 42 U.S.C. 4365, to provide independent scientific and technical peer review, consultation, advice, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on the scientific bases for EPA's actions and programs. Members of the SAB constitute distinguished bodies of non-EPA scientists, engineers, economists, and behavioral scientists who are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for a two or three-year term and serve as Special Government Employees who provide independent expert advice to the agency. All the work of SAB committees and ad-hoc panels is conducted under the auspices of the chartered SAB.

The SAB Staff Office invites nominations of individuals to serve on the chartered SAB with expertise or extensive experience in the following scientific disciplines and topics as they relate to human health and the environment: air quality; agricultural sciences and economics; analytical chemistry; atmospheric sciences; benefit-cost analysis; chemical safety; climate science; citizen science; community environmental health; dose-response assessment; drinking water; drinking water engineering; ecological sciences and ecological assessment; ecological risk assessment; ecosystem services; economics; energy and the environment; engineering; environmental justice; epidemiology; exposure assessment; forestry; geochemistry; health sciences; human health risk assessment; hydrology; hydrogeology; medicine; microbiology; modeling; pediatrics; pesticide risk assessment, public health; physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling; risk assessment; social, behavioral and decision sciences; statistics; sustainability; radiological risk assessment; toxicology; uncertainty analysis; water quality; water quantity and reuse; and waste management.

Members selected to the chartered SAB may also participate on standing committees of the SAB. Board members with demonstrated scientific credentials, disciplinary expertise in relevant fields, and experience may be asked to participate on the following SAB Standing Committees:

(1) The Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice to the chartered SAB on matters that have been determined to have a significant direct impact on farming and agriculture-related industries.
(2) The Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee, which provides advice to the chartered SAB regarding selected toxicological reviews of environmental chemicals.
(3) The Climate Science Committee, which provides advice to the chartered SAB on climate change science and the effects of climate change.
(4) The Drinking Water Committee, which provides advice to the chartered SAB on the scientific and technical aspects of EPA's national drinking water program.
(5) The Economic Analysis Committee, which provides advice to the chartered SAB on the economic analysis of EPA programs.
(6) The Environmental Justice Science Committee, which provides advice to the chartered SAB on the scientific and technical aspects of environmental justice to improve the environment and/or public health in communities disproportionately impacted by environmental health hazards and risks.
(7) The Radiation Advisory Committee, which provides advice to the chartered SAB on radiation protection, radiation science, and radiation risk assessment.

Selection Criteria for the SAB and the SAB Committees include:

—Demonstrated scientific credentials and disciplinary expertise in relevant fields;
—Willingness to commit time to the committee and demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively on committees;
—Background and experiences that would help members contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee, e.g., geographical, social, cultural, educational backgrounds, professional affiliations; and other considerations; and
—For the committee as a whole, the collective breadth and depth of scientific expertise are considered.

As the SAB and its standing committees undertake specific advisory activities, the SAB Staff Office will consider two additional criteria for each new activity: absence of financial conflicts of interest and absence of an appearance of a loss of impartiality.

SAB: https://sab.epa.gov.
SAB facadatabase: https://www.facadatabase.gov/FACA/apex/FACAPublicCommittee?id=a10t0000001gzq9AAA
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2023-01926

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