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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Upcoming and Recent Meetings

  • 07/19/2017 - 07/20/2017 Closed Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards Committee
  • 08/15/2017 - 08/17/2017 Public Meeting of the SAB-Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee Augmented for the review of Ethyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (ETBE) and tert-Butyl Alcohol (tert-butanol; tBA)
  • 08/29/2017 - 08/30/2017 Chartered SAB
  • 09/15/2017 Closed Meeting of the Chartered SAB Review of the EPA's 2017 Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards
More Meetings

Recent Reports

Advisory Reports
  • 07/25/2017 - Science Advisory Board (SAB) Consideration of EPA Planned Actions in the Fall 2016 Unified (Regulatory) Agenda and their Supporting Science
  • 06/06/2017 - SAB Review of Lake Erie Nutrient Load Reduction Models and Targets
  • 02/23/2017 - SAB Review of EPA’s Proposed Methodology for Updating Mortality Risk Valuation Estimates for Policy Analysis
  • 01/12/2017 - Science Advisory Board (SAB) Consideration of EPA Planned Actions in the Spring 2016 Unified (Regulatory) Agenda and their Supporting Science
  • 12/20/2016 - Review of conclusions in Efficacy of Ballast Water Treatment Systems: a Report by the Science Advisory Board
Agency Responses to Advice More Reports and Agency Responses