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Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know

Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know

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Committee Program Call
Update on the Latest Developments on TSCA Reform Legislation

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Call in or attend in person at Arnold & Porter, 601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

In 2015 the 114th Congress passed by overwhelming margins separate and differing legislation in the House and Senate that would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act. Efforts to reconcile the two bills have been underway since early in 2016. The committee call will provide an update on the latest developments including, as appropriate, a summary of the new law if enacted, and in the alternative, a discussion of the prospect for the legislation in the period prior to the 2016 election or in the lame duck session.

July 19, 2016, Meet the ABA/SEER Event for "Summers"
Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 4-6 p.m. (ET)
Arnold & Porter
601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

This is always a well-attended event in which our Committee, working collaboratively with the other SEER Committee and the EPA’s Summer Law Clerks Program Coordinator, hosts Summer Legal Interns/Summer Law Clerks/Summer Associates who have an interest in environmental law and are spending the summer working in Government Agencies, at NGOs, and in law firms.

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform

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, has developed a legal overview of the current TSCA statute and four white papers targeting challenging legal issues raised by TSCA reform, including:
  • 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.

These papers can be found on SEER’s new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform Page.

Message from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you. August 31st will mark the end of my term as Chair of the Pesticides, Chemical Regulations and Right to Know (PCRRTK) Committee. And, it is my hope that during my two year term I have been able to make a positive impact on both the current and future of PCRRTK Committee. Thank you for the opportunity to lead and for your patience as I grew in my position.

During the next few months, Keith Matthews will be transitioning to take over as Chair. With his wealth and depth of experience in both the public and private sector coupled with his sense of humor, I have no doubt he will do a great job leading us.

My journey in leading PCRRTK Committee wasn't done alone. I was accompanied by a team of dynamic Vice Chairs, former Chairs, members and volunteers who shared in our successes.

So I would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of people for their hard work and dedication, and without whom running the PCRRTK wouldn't have been possible.

In particular I'd like to thank Lynn Bergeson, former PCRRTK Chair and our Editor extraordinaire who tirelessly works on our newsletter for her wisdom, continued support, guidance and encouragement, Charles Franklin, former PCRRTK and at-large Vice Chair for his invaluable suggestions and introducing me to the PCRRTK Committee in 2011, Martha Marrapese, former Chair and at-large Vice Chair for her confidence in me to be Chair and enthusiastic support and all of the Vice Chairs, former Chairs, Friday Forum sponsors and guest speakers, and volunteers for their dedication in serving with me. There are not enough words to express the thanks and appreciation of these great leaders. For without their passion and undying commitment to devote many hours of volunteer service, we would not be the vibrant committee that we are and will continue to be.

My sincerest thanks to our ABA headquarters team: Dana Jonusaitis, our ABA SEER Director, for her management, Fawziah Bajwa and Julie McCullough for their dynamic work on our programs, Cristina Vautier and Toma Toma for their remarkable support, Romeo Talento and Peter Clark, Technology Manager for taking terrific care of our members and website. Their invaluable and ongoing support throughout these last two years are greatly appreciated.

But most importantly, my thanks go out to you, the PCRRTK Members, for all your support during these past two years. For without you, the PCRRTK Committee would not exist. It has been my pleasure and an honor to serve you.

With heartfelt thanks and appreciation,

Joanne Thelmo

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