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UNC Professor Invited to Advise About Water Issues in Flint

Dr. Philip C. Singer, professor emeritus of environmental sciences and engineering at University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been invited by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to serve on a committee providing guidance on long-term solutions to the water issues in Flint, Michigan.


[Photo: Dr. Philip C. Singer]

Dr. Singer, who was a member of UNC faculty from 1973 to 2010, serves on the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee, which aims to develop a multidimensional approach to addressing lead in Flint’s water and to establish criteria for lifting the health advisory currently in effect.

“The water quality situation in Flint is a disturbing one for all water supply professionals,” Dr. Singer said. “The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are taking actions on a number of fronts to correct this terrible situation so that the water in Flint will once again be safe to drink. The job of our committee is to review those actions.”

A nationally renowned expert in water quality issues and member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Singer has edited two books and authored more than 240 scientific articles; served as investigator on about 70 grants funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other agencies; and mentored more than 100 master’s and doctoral students at UNC. He held the Dan Okun Distinguished Professorship in environmental engineering from 2002 until his retirement.

Mr. John Young, former president of American Water and a UNC alumnus, also serves on the committee.

“These appointments,” said Dr. Michael Aitken, professor and chair of UNC’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, “recognize the high regard with which Dr. Singer and Mr.Young are held in the field of drinking water. They also recognize the important role of drinking water in the field of public health.”

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