Chen appointed for second term to EPA Advisory Board

October 19, 2012

Shih-Yew Chen, senior environmental engineer, has been appointed by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to serve a three-year term on the EPA Radiation Advisory Committee and Science Advisory Board. This is a continuation of his original appointment that began in October 2009.

Chen will provide independent advice on technical issues underlying the EPA's polices and decision-making. Jackson said his expertise in nuclear engineering paired with his knowledge of nuclear accident and radiation protection analysis makes him a valued asset to the committee.

“I hope to use this opportunity to continue to expand my own horizon on the national environmental policy issues, as well as to enhance Argonne's involvement in future research endeavors along the line,” said Chen.

Chen’s appointment is from Oct. 1, 2012, through Sept. 30, 2015.

The EPA Radiation Advisory Committee and Science Advisory Board was established by Congress in 1978 to review the quality and relevance of the scientific and technical information being used or proposed as the basis for EPA regulations. The committee is tasked with advising the EPA on broad scientific matters in science, technology, social and economic issues.

They also review research programs and the technical basis of applied programs, including guidelines that govern the use of scientific and technical information in regulatory decisions. The group also critiques such analytic methods as mathematical modeling.