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Heiger-Bernays named to environmental protection advisory committee

Wendy Heiger-Bernays of SPH will advise a state committee on environmental cleanup.

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Wendy Heiger-Bernays has been appointed to the Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup’s Advisory Committee by the Assistant Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP).  The role of the Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup is to ensure immediate and effective response to environmental emergencies such as oil spills and chemical fires, as well as to provide timely assessment and cleanup of hazardous waste sites by private parties responsible for them.

Heiger-Bernays was chosen to serve on this committee because of her expertise in human health risk assessment and regulatory toxicology and will serve as the academic representative to the committee. The committee’s charge is to identify and review technical issues; to write regulations, policies, and guidance documents; to assist parties in conducting response actions; to prepare the bureau’s annual program plan; to track and evaluate program implementation; to coordinate outreach activities; and to develop new initiatives.

This news item first appeared in the School of Public Health’s electronic newsletter The Insider.