A local professor is being put on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. Joseph Gardella is a professor of chemistry at the University of Buffalo and has been appointed to serve a 3-year term on the board.
Gardella’s expertise is in environmental analytical chemistry, which measures pollutants in the environment.
“I’ve been doing environmental chemistry for over 40 years, and so I’m pretty confident I can bring what they are expecting,” Gardella said.
The EPA board is made up of independent experts who give advice on scientific and technical issues when asked.
“I learned that there were a number of openings and I was one of the people nominated in the area where they needed expertise,” noted Gardella.
Gardella is well-known in the area for his work studying the impact of industrial pollutants on local communities.
“I’m sure, you know, in the most polite way possible, that relations with the new administration and the EPA are going to be complicated,” explained Gardella.
Gardella will serve a three-year term that will end in September of 2019.