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The Week Ahead

EPA Seeks Nominees For SAB Panel Review Of Lead Model, ELAB To Hold Next Meeting

EPA is taking input through this week on nominees for a Science Advisory Board (SAB) panel to review a closely watched update to the agency's model for estimating adults' and children's intake of lead. Meanwhile, EPA's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) that advises the agency on monitoring and modeling issues is holding its monthly meeting.

Lead Modeling

Nominations are due Nov. 23 for the Science Advisory Board (SAB) panel that will review EPA's draft model for estimating concentrations of lead in adults and children exposed to the potent neurotoxin.

The draft, termed the All-Ages Lead Model, is described as an “outgrowth” of the Integrated Exposure Uptake Biokinetic (IEUBK) model the agency has used in the past, and could serve as the basis for numerous regulatory decisions, including EPA's pending rule addressing lead paint in public and commercial buildings, as well as site-specific decisions to clean up hazardous waste and contaminated drinking water.


ELAB, which advises the agency on monitoring and modeling issues as well as accreditation of the environmental labs that work on those duties, will meet by phone Nov. 20.