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The November monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of informational updates and presentations, and a final vote on one set of proposed amendments to public health regulations.

First, the Council received an informational briefing from the Radiation Control Program on a series of proposed amendments to state regulations related to radiation control. The purpose of the amendments is to bring these regulations into alignment with Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations which had recently been amended themselves. Next steps in the process include a public hearing period after which the Council will be asked to vote on final versions of the amended regulations.

Next, the Council heard an update from the Bureau of Environmental Health on the proposed recission of regulations related to the Newburypost Shellfish Treatment Plant, the public comment period for which recently concluded. Following a discussion, the Council voted to rescind the regulations in question.

Following that, the Council received an update on the Department’s efforts to partner with the Department of Veterans Services in ensuring that veterans who present for clinical care at health care facilities are provided with information and referrals as appropriate, as required by the Valor Act of 2014.

Next, the Council received a presentation from the Bureau of Infectious Disease on efforts to expand the Department’s epidemiologist job series in a way that will provide an enhanced career ladder for epidemiologists and make the position more competitive as compared to similar job opportunities available with scientific and health-related organizations in the state.

Finally, the Council received an informational update from the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition and the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention on the Department’s programmatic efforts to promote and support breastfeeding in Massachusetts.

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