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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2009

Contact: Darlene Yuhas (609) 984-1795
Elaine Makatura (609) 292-2994

EXCEPTIONAL SCIENTISTS ENCOURAGED TO SERVE ON DEP’s SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD

(09/P16) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking the best and brightest scientists in New Jersey and elsewhere to serve on its Science Advisory Board being formed now to provide independent peer review and key guidance on a host of scientific and technical issues.

“Given the complex nature of many issues we consider, we recognize that the DEP’s long tradition of scientific excellence will be further enhanced by the expertise, experience and independent thinking of the highly trained professionals chosen to become members of our Science Advisory Board,” Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello said.

Comprising up to 12 members, the Science Advisory Board will, at the Commissioner’s request, provide independent peer review and advice on scientific and technical issues associated with protecting public health, the environment and New Jersey’s natural resources. The Commissioner will appoint the Science Advisory Board members as well as up to 12 people for each of four standing committees: Ecological Processes, Public Health, Water Quality and Quantity, and Climate and Atmospheric Sciences.

The DEP began preparing last fall for the creation of the Science Advisory Board.

Under a protocol detailed in an administrative order signed by Commissioner Mauriello, the Science Advisory Board will submit its findings and recommendations to the Commissioner through the DEP’s Office of Science.

All prospective board members must have an advanced degree and extensive training, expertise and experience in scientific and technological fields related to all aspects of environmental protection.

Scientists interested either in serving on the Science Advisory Board and the standing committees or nominating colleagues are encouraged to visit the DEP’s Web site http://www.nj.gov/dep/sab/ for additional information and nomination forms.

Deadline for nominations is July 24.

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