EPA official to open Environmental Lecture Series

A talk by William H. Farland of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will open the Environmental Lecture Series on “Science, Policy, and Engineering of Hazardous Waste Sites” on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room, 507 Goodell.

Farland, who is acting deputy assistant administrator for science in the EPA’s Office of Research and Development, will speak on “Science in Support of Environmental Protection: Emerging Approaches to the Assessment and Management of Chemicals.”

A public reception in the Goodell Honors Lounge will precede the lecture at 3 p.m.

Farland’s permanent position is chief scientist in the Office of the Agency Science Advisor . Formerly, he was director of the EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), which has major responsibility for the conduct of chemical specific risk assessments in support of EPA regulatory programs, the development of agency-wide guidance on risk assessment, and the conduct of research to improve risk assessment. NCEA was established in May 1995 under Farland’s leadership.

Prior to his appointment as center director, Farland was director of the Office of Health and Environmental Assessment and director of the Carcinogen Assessment Group and acting director of the Reproductive Effects Assessment Group. Farland began his EPA career in 1979 as a health scientist in the Office of Toxic Substances, while he continued his research endeavors at George Washington University.

Farland holds a Ph.D.in cell biology and biochemistry and an M.A. in zoology from from UCLA and a B.S. from Loyola University, Los Angeles.

He serves on a number of committees and advisory boards and is currently serving as acting co-chair of the EPA-wide Science Policy Committee. Within the federal government, he is a member of the National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) Executive Committee, EPA Liaison to the Public Health Service Environmental Health Policy Committee, and co-chair of the Research and Data Needs Subcommittee of the President’s Task Force on Children’s Environmental Health and Safety Risks. He also currently co-chairs the Office of Science and Technology’s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources’ (CENR) Toxics and Risk Subcommittee.