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Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-To-Know
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Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-To-Know


Message from the Chair




Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Thank you for your interest in the Pesticide, Chemical Regulation, and Right to Know Committee (PCRRTK) website!

As I start my year as Chair, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to former chair Martha Marrapese and to those who led our Committee since its inception. Their leadership has enabled our Committee to flourish with an espirit de corps that makes it a privilege and honor to serve as your Chair.

At the forefront, our Committee strives to provide opportunities for profession discourse, substantive information exchange and legal scholarship within the diverse bar of attorneys interested or involved in pesticide, chemical, and information disclosure law and policy. We address these goals by encouraging broad participation in our programs, publications, and policy dialogues, and by developing programs and materials of value to law students, private, non-profit, and government practitioners.

So, what will the PCRRTK world look like in 2014-2015? Here's a glimpse:

  • Quarterly Newsletter (November, January, April, June) provides insightful analysis on recent issues and trends in the PCRRTK space as well as publishing opportunities;
  • Monthly Complimentary Friday Forums provide: networking opportunities with colleagues, meetings with thought/government leaders, and the ability to learn about critical issues;
  • Monthly PCRRTK Conference Call, typically held on the 3rd Tuesday at 2:30 ET;
  • Opportunities to: present, network and collaborate with organizations;
  • Programming to be developed: Quick Teleconference/Brown bags/Webinars;
  • 22nd Annual SEER Fall Conference at Trump Doral, October 8-11, 2014.
I invite you to browse our pages to learn more about our Committee. I also encourage you to contact me or any vice chair with your ideas to expand our offers or resources or questions.

We encourage you to help us develop and expand our portfolio of resources. Here are some ways to get involved.

Joanne Thelmo


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.


Committee Related Events

Upcoming Events

September 26, 2014, FREE BROWN BAG PROGRAM: featuring Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, US Environmental Protection Agency

  • WHAT: Jim Jones was nominated by President Obama to be the Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) in 2012, previously serving as the acting Assistant Administrator and Deputy Assistant Administrator for OCSPP. He is responsible for managing the office which implements the nation's pesticide, toxic chemical, and pollution prevention laws.
    • Prior to joining OCSPP, from 2003 until April 2007, Jim served as the Director of the Office of Pesticides Programs. In this role he was responsible for the regulation of pesticides in the United States.
  • WHERE: Sidley Austin, LLP, 1501 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005.
  • 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 to Joanne Thelmo

October 24, 2014 FREE BROWN BAG PROGRAM: featuring John Stone, Counsel, Committee on Energy & Commerce, & David McCarthy, Chief Counsel, House Committee on Energy & Commerce, at Arent Fox.
Additional details to come.

November 14, 2014 FREE BROWN BAG PROGRAM: featuring Richard Denison, at Beveridge & Diamond. Additional details to come.

John Stone, Counsel, Committee on Energy & Commerce, & David McCarthy, Chief Counsel, House Committee on Energy & Commerce, at Arent Fox

Recent Past Events:

  • August 1, 2014: FREE BROWN BAG PROGRAM featuring Tiffany Finck-Haynes, Food Futures Campaigner, Food and Technology Program, Friends of the Earth U.S.; Explored Neonics and Insecticides, which have been used in the last 20 years to control a variety of pests, especially sap-feeding insects, such as aphids on cereals, and root-feeding grubs.
  • JULY 11, 2014: FREE FRIDAY FORUM SPEAKER SERIES, featuring Steve Bradbury, formerly Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).
  • JUNE 20, 2014: FREE FRIDAY FORUM, featuring Jack Housenger, Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), US EPA.
  • June 17, 2014: FREE BROWN BAG PROGRAM ON HOT ISSUES AFFECTING PESTICIDES AND THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. Speakers: William Jordan, Deputy Director, Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. EPA; Jason Rylander, Senior Staff Attorney, Defenders of Wildlife; Rachel Lattimore, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, Crop Life America; and Moderator: Stephen Owens, Of Counsel, Squire & Sanders, Former Assistant Administrator U.S. EPA.
    • The Event's Overview, Pesticides, and FIFRA presenations are available in Committee Resources section on this page.
  • May BROWN BAG Forum, May16,2014,on the Importance and Potential Pitfalls of Hazard Communication for Consumer Products in the Contemporary Marketplace. Speakers: Sarah Esmaili, Counsel, Arnold & Porter; Tim Serie, Counsel, American Coatings Association; Gavin Thompson, Principal, Environ; and Michael Gidding, Gidding Law, LLC.
  • Friday Breakfast Forum, April 25, 2014, addressing Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and featuring:
    • Mary Lisa Madell, Director for Agricultural Affairs, Agricultural Affairs & Commodity Policy, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR); Ashley A. Miller, Director for Market Access, Small Business, Market Access & Industrial Competitiveness, USTR; and Daniella Taveau, EPA's TTIP regulatory expert. Senior Advisor, International Trade, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Friday Breakfast Forum, March 28, 2014, featuring Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Stanislaus spoke on the intersection of recycling and green chemistry.
  • Friday Breakfast Forum, February 28, 2014, featuring Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), discussing sustainability. Related materials available in committee resources section.

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Section Events

Section Events

    22nd Fall Conference

    10/08/2014-10/11/2014
    Trump National Doral Miami
    Miami

    For over twenty years, the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Fall Conference has been the preeminent CLE program of the year addressing environment, energy and resources law. The 2014 Fall Conference in Miami is no exception, and promises to be bigger and better than ever! Our first ever ...

    Key Environmental Issues in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4

    03/03/2015-03/03/2015
    Georgia State Bar Conference Center
    Atlanta

    Please note that this conference is not free. Please check back later for pricing. Key Environmental Issues in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, is a one-day CLE conference sponsored by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, offering a unique opportunity to engage in dialogue ...

    44th Spring Conference: The ABA Superconference on Environmental Law

    03/26/2015-03/28/2015
    Palace Hotel
    San Francisco

    Please note that this conference is not free. Please check back later for pricing. For four decades, in the spring of each year, the leading environmental, energy and resource lawyers, government officials and academics gather to address the key topics of the day for practicing lawyers. The Spring ...

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