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Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know

Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know

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DATE: April 19, 2017. 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WHAT: The American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources and CropLife America invite you to attend a meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, hosted by Arent Fox LLP on new developments in pesticide law and policy. The meeting will include panel discussions on:

  • Emerging issues in legislative and regulatory reform
  • The Endangered Species Act and FIFRA: A Path Forward?
  • Enforcement and Compliance Issues in the Crop Protection Industry
  • New developments in agricultural biotechnology

Panelists from EPA, the Small Business Administration, Defenders of Wildlife, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, the National Association of Manufacturers and industry will lead the discussions. In addition, Stephen Vaden, Acting General Counsel of USDA will provide remarks at lunch.

AGENDA: Can be assessed by clicking here.

WHERE: Speakers will present from the Washington, DC offices of Arent Fox LLP at 1717 K. Street, NW. There is no charge for in-person participation or by telephone; however you must register to attend the meeting.


To Register to Attend in Person at Arent Fox LLP: Please contact Latia Bedenbaugh, Events Assistant, Arent Fox,

To Register to Attend via Phone: Please contact Riley John,

QUESTIONS: For questions on this program, please contact Sara Beth Watson,


Friday Forum, April 7, 2017

Leland P. Frost, Associate General Counsel of National Association of Manufacturers, spoke on the recent amendments to the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule. On March 13, EPA Administrator Pruitt signed a three-month say on the final rule's effective date. In April, EPA delayed the implementation of the final rule further. Come learn about the background, the requirements, and plans going forward. Leland also briefed participants on the international appeal before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Commission v. Stichting Greenpeace Nederland and Pan Europe. This case has broad implications for the crop protection industry and chemical manufacturers who operate in the U.S. and in Europe relating to the disclosure of confidential business information on how pesticides are manufactured, their final composition, and information on impurities, in order to assess potential environmental impacts.

Brownbag / NON-CLE EVENT
DATE: February 22, 2017
WHAT: Discussion with a group of experts and advocates during which we will review EPA’s progress in implementing the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The Emerging Legal Framework for Promotion of Efficient Use of Resources
Non-CLE Webinar, February 23, 2017

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform

On June 22, 2016, the President signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amends TSCA, the Nation's primary chemicals management law. The new law addressed several issues, including:

  • Mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable deadlines;

  • New risk-based safety standard;

  • Increased public transparency for chemical information; and

  • Consistent source of funding for EPA to carry out the responsibilities under any new law.

For historical reference as to TSCA, the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Pesticide, Chemical Regulation and Right-to-Know Committee, with the support of the Section’s Special Committee on Congressional Relations, in 2014 developed a variety of resources for TSCA stakeholders interested in participating in the TSCA reform debate. These resources promoted greater awareness, understanding, and dialogue on TSCA as the reform efforts were underway, and included:

  • Management of trade secret and confidential business information.

  • Development of federal pre-emption policies governing state tort law.

  • Development of federal pre-emption policies governing state statutes and regulation.

  • Development of appropriate legal standards to guide regulatory action.

Information regarding the changes to TSCA, and the 2014 historical TSCA reference materials, can be found on SEER’s new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform Page.

Message from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the main webpage of the Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right to Know Committee. We are hopeful that you will find this page to be a bountiful source of useful information on the Committee and also generally regarding chemicals regulation. The webpage is maintained by our Vice Chair of Electronic Communications, Freedom Smith, and I urge you contact Freedom with any questions, comments, or compliments regarding the webpage.

With respect to comments and suggestions, the webpage is a dynamic product that can be readily revised. Therefore, all suggestions regarding additional content that may be useful are welcome. As currently constituted, we have included brief summaries of both upcoming and past Committee programming activities; there are also links to information regarding Committee leadership, a roster of current Committee members, and a link that facilitates becoming a member of the Committee. One can also access the current and past copies of the oft-lauded PCRRTK Newsletter. We also have modules that house basic legal resources and practitioners’ guides intended to provide useful information regarding chemicals regulation law. Some of this material is a bit dated, and we are in the process of updating these materials to ensure their relevance and utility. Please bear with us as we develop these updated materials.

Finally, I’d like to note the link to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform Page. As anyone with even a passing interest in chemicals regulation knows, this past summer Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg), and it was signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2016. Lautenberg significantly amended and altered key portions of TSCA. The TSCA Reform page contains outstanding content developed by our Committee members, and is a veritable font of information on the substantive content of Lautenberg, the implications of this law for chemicals producers, processors and importers, and EPA’s ongoing implementation activities. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the past, present, or future of TSCA reform.

Keith Matthews

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