New York State Department of Health Water Expert Invited to Join Federal Drinking Water Committee

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 6, 2015) -- The New York State Department of Health today announced that Lloyd R. Wilson, Ph. D, of the Bureau of Water Supply Protection, has been invited to serve as a member of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board’s (SAB) Drinking Water Committee. This committee advises the EPA on the technical aspects of its national drinking water standards program and reviews the science of current drinking water issues to help guide the EPA Administrator.

“On behalf of everyone at the New York State Department of Health, I want to congratulate Dr. Wilson on being invited to serve on the EPA Science Advisory Board’s Drinking Water Committee,” said acting New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “Dr. Wilson is a valued member of our team here at DOH and I’m sure that his expertise will serve the Drinking Water Committee well.”

“The invitation to serve on the EPA SAB’s Drinking Water Committee is a testament to the reputation of New York State’s Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and, in particular, the Bureau of Water Supply Protection (BWSP),” said Dr. Wilson. “The BWSP is recognized nationally as a leader in implementing the Safe Drinking Water Act. I look forward to serving on this committee and to the challenges it will present.”

Dr. Wilson has worked for DOH for more than 30 years in numerous roles focusing on understanding human exposure to chemicals and biological contaminants in the environment and to mitigating those exposures. Since 2004, he has focused on drinking water issues and is currently working on understanding the drinking water health concerns associated with harmful algal blooms, private well contamination, the impact of climate change and emerging chemical contaminants such as pharmaceuticals in drinking water.

Dr. Wilson received his Ph. D in Environmental Health and Toxicology from the State University of New York at Albany School of Public Health (SPH), and is currently an Assistant Professor in the SPH Environmental Health and Toxicology Department.