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Science and Technology

October Update from the Chair

The Science and Technology Committee is busy with a host of projects, and we invite your participation in October and the months to follow. Among the Committee’s recent activities in October, we wanted to highlight:

  • Co-sponsoring Free Friday Forums in Washington D.C. on issues of scientific interest. On October 24, 2014, the Committee will co-sponsor a program featuring two legislative counsel from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce discussing new legislation including efforts to address bio-engineered foods and labeling issues with GMO foods. More information is available below.

  • List-Serve announcements and tweets on 10th of the Fall Section meeting in Miami, including the four technical roundtables addressing a variety of technical issues including handling CERCLA claims of natural resource damages, regulation of nutrients in Florida waters, vapor intrusion, and determination of sources of contaminants, particularly in the context of “Naturally Occurring Radioactive Waste” (NORM).

Read each technical paper here:

The program vice-chairs of the Committee are currently working on a future program with the Environmental Transactions & Brownfields committee on vapor intrusion and reuse of previously impacted properties.
Your Committee is also monitoring a number of potential interesting Daubert cases on the admissibility of expert scientific testimony. On October 20, 2014, the Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari in Cuti v. U.S., No. 13-1491, which challenged a Second Circuit decision allowing individuals with expertise (in that case, accounting) but who also had percipient facts regarding the particular company to testify in response to hypothetical questions. Neither had been designated as an expert witness by the government. The Second Circuit’s opinion is available on the web >>.

If you wish to participate contact any of the Committee vice-chairs who are listed in the right-hand side of this webpage under Committee leadership.

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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