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Science and Technology

Message From The Chair

As chair of the 2014-15 Science & Technology Committee, I invite you to participate in the cross-practice committee that impacts all the environmental and energy fields we face today. Our Committee deals with issues impacting most of the SEER substantive practice committees: Can human caused climate change be curbed by new technologies? Can science suggest CERCLA remedies beyond the never-ending "pump-and-treat" model that many sites seems to be stuck in? Can more precise GIS tracking systems better protect our endangered species? What do scientific studies from EPA and others indicate about the new energy sources such as hydraulic fracking? Does the energy lawyer with international clients need new computer technology to protect against NSA snooping of e-mails sent to such clients?
If these or other scientific questions interest you, please join the Committee and get involved. The vice-chairs for this year’s Science & Technology Committee are a mix of lawyers and technical consultants who welcome your input and involvement.

The vice-chairs and their particular areas of focus are:

  • Programs (webinars and Fall and Spring meeting programs): Ravi Arulanantham and Andrea Hogan : If you have an idea for a timely program involving science and the environmental and energy fields, contact Ravi or Andrea.

  • Committee newsletter: Do you like to write? If so, we need YOU. Please contact vice-chairs Nepolina Chhetri or Peter Quinlan.

  • Electronic or social media communications: Attending a conference in Dubai on new climate change technologies? Please tell vice-chairs Ken Gray or Jon Rohrer so they can post it on the Committee's webpage or Tweet the new event.

  • Year-in-Review: The Committee contributes a chapter on science and technology matters to this annual review that is now published exclusively on-line. If you want to participate, contact vice chair, Christine Hein

  • Not sure what you can do, but interested in participating somehow on Committee projects? Please contact our vice-chair at large, Todd Stedeford.

Please join us in Miami for the Fall meeting from October 8-11th. We will be posting more information about the Fall meeting shortly.

Norm Dupont
2014-2015 Chair, Science and Technology Committee
ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Committee Description and Events

The Science and Technology Committee evaluates scientific and technological issues and trends in litigation, federal and state regulatory regimes and legislative developments in practice areas across the spectrum of environmental, energy and resources law.


Upcoming Events

October 24, 2014, FREE FRIDAY FORUM: featuring David McCarthy, Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, House Committee on Energy and Commerce; John W. Stone, Counsel, House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

  • WHAT: David McCarthy and John W. Stone will discuss the Chemicals in Commerce Act and other reform legislation, and HR 4432, "The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014," introduced to establish a mandatory pre-market notification requirement for bio-engineered foods and address GMO food labeling issues.
  • WHERE: Arent Fox, LLP, 1717 K. Street N.W., Washington, DC 20006.
    • When arriving at Arent Fox, please check-in at the reception desk in the front lobby. Closest Metro stops are Farragut North, K Street Exit, and Farragut West, 17th St. Exit. The entrance to the building's parking garage is located on the access road that parallels K Street between Connecticut and 18th Street, N.W.
  • TIME: 8:30 – 9:30 am EDT
  • REGISTRATION: SPACE LIMITED. RSVP's are required for all participants, even those attending via conference call. Please send your RSVP by Wednesday October 22, 2014 to Joanne Thelmo

News and Announcements

New NOAA Website for Marine Debris and Programs to Address this Problem: The NOAA Marine Debris Program serves as a centralized marine debris capability within NOAA in order to coordinate, strengthen, and increase the visibility of marine debris issues and efforts within the agency, its partners, and the public. This Program is undertaking a national and international effort focusing on identifying, reducing, and preventing debris in the marine environment. Additionally, the MDP supports and works closely with various partners across the U.S. to fulfill the Program’s mission. Committee members interested in this problem should visit the NOAA website, to find out more about Marine Debris in their part of the country (or world).

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