EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB)

In 1978, Congress directed the EPA to establish an SAB to provide scientific advice to the Administrator.
  • What the SAB is authorized to do
    • review the quality and relevance of the scientific and technical information being used by the EPA or proposed as the basis for Agency regulations;
    • review EPA research programs and plans;
    • provide science advice as requested by the EPA Administrator, and
    • advise the agency on broad scientific matters.
    Most (though not all) preliminary work of the SAB is done by subcommittees or panels focused on various environmental science topics. These groups are chaired by SAB members. Recommendations of subcommittees and panels are transmitted to the SAB for discussion and deliberation. Recommendations are forwarded to EPA only if the SAB determines that it is appropriate.
  • About this Website

    This website provides information on:

    • the committees and membership of the SAB, including the annual process for nominating and providing comment on candidate experts to serve on the chartered SAB and SAB standing committees,
    • SAB advisory activities and reports,
    • how you can participate in the science advisory process, including the use of EPA's Web-based process for public nomination of experts, and
    • how to contact the SAB's Designated Federal Officer to obtain additional information about the SAB.
    Our recent additions page provides information on recent draft reports, Federal Register notices, upcoming meetings, recently announced advisory activities, and recently finalized reports.

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Recent Reports

Advisory Reports
  • 02/27/2020 - Commentary on the Proposed Rule Defining the Scope of Waters Federally Regulated Under the Clean Water Act
  • 02/27/2020 - Science Advisory Board (SAB) Consideration of the Scientific and Technical Basis of the EPA’s Proposed Rule titled The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021–2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks
  • 02/26/2020 - SAB Recommendations for EPA’s FY 2019 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards
  • 09/30/2019 - Consultation on Mechanisms for Secure Access to Personally Identifying Information (PII) and Confidential Business Information (CBI) Under the Proposed Rule, Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science
  • 09/25/2019 - SAB Review of the Science Supporting EPA Planned Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions
More Reports and Agency Responses