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.

  • Recent additions and SAB Recent Happenings RSS More about RSS news feeds (USA.gov)

Recent Reports

Advisory Reports
  • 09/13/2018 - Review of EPA’s draft technical report entitled Screening Methodologies to Support Risk and Technology Reviews (RTR): A Case Study Analysis
  • 06/28/2018 - Science Advisory Board (SAB) Consideration of EPA Proposed Rule: Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science
  • 06/21/2018 - Science Advisory Board (SAB) Consideration of EPA Planned Actions in the Fall 2017 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and their Supporting Science
  • 06/21/2018 - Science Advisory Board (SAB) Consideration of EPA Planned Actions in the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and their Supporting Science
  • 09/29/2017 - SAB Advice on the Use of Economy-Wide Models in Evaluating the Social Costs, Benefits, and Economic Impacts of Air Regulations
More Reports and Agency Responses

Committees, Panels and Membership
  • Current Committees and Panels
  • Annual Membership Process
  • Public Input on Membership
    • Comments Requested on List of Candidates
      11/07/2018 (Due Date) - FY2019 Nominations for Science Advisory Board (SAB) Drinking Water Committee Membership
      11/07/2018 (Due Date) - FY2019 Nominations for Chartered Science Advisory Board (SAB) Membership
      11/07/2018 (Due Date) - FY2019 Nominations for Science Advisory Board (SAB) Agricultural Science Committee Membership


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