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CONFIRMED SPEAKER: Mark Garvey, Senior Attorney, Office of Civil Enforcement

ISSUES: TSCA & FIRA Compliance - what lawyers need to know EPA Section 6 Rulemaking, SNURS and more, please feel free to email me any questions you might have

DATE/TIME: Friday, May 15, 2015
8:30 - 9:45 am (ET)

LOCATION: Auto Alliance : 803 7th Street NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20001
Metro Exit is Verizon Center Exit @ Gallery Place-Chinatown Green/Yellow/Red line

RSVPs are required for all participants, even those attending via conference call.
Please send your RSVP to Joanne Thelmo, by Wednesday, May 13.
With your RSVP, please include your full name and company information for our security check-in process, and to have an accurate count for the breakfast.

Mark is a senior attorney in EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement with over 25 years of experience at EPA. He currently works in the Waste and Chemical Enforcement Division handling TSCA litigation and rule making, but he’s worked on pesticides matters under FIFRA and many years ago worked on Federal Facility cleanup matters, including the Federal Facilities Compliance Amendments to RCRA.

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 -- The Year Ahead

Dear Colleagues,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy New Year and a productive and prosperous 2015!

This year, our Pesticide, Chemical Regulation, and Right to Know Committee (PCRRTK) had a tremendous year. At the 22nd Fall SEER Conference in Miami, our PCRRTK Committee earned two awards: Best Committee, Environmental (2nd consecutive year) and Best Newsletter (3rd consecutive year). Best Committee - Environmental and Best Newsletter. A special notes of thanks, and appreciation to Martha Marrapese, our most recent chair (Partner, Keller & Heckman) and Lynn Bergeson, former chair and vice-chair of our newsletter (Member & Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell).

Looking back over 2014, our PCRRTK Committee continued to broaden its activities by collaborating with new organizations such as CropLife America, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Environmental Law Institute. This will continue throughout 2015. Thank you Sara Beth Wilson, at-large vice chair (Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson) for making our day long discussion on critical issues with CropLife America possible.

The New Year is a time of hope and aspirations for the future. So, as this new year unfolds, I would encourage each of us to make a resolution to grow. I especially encourage each of us to grow professionally, not just as individuals, but to share our knowledge and experiences with each other.

Our PCRRTK Committee is a great way to invest in our profession, expand your network and learn new areas of law. Whether you're a law student, young attorney, or a seasoned professional looking to become more active, PCRRTK needs you and seeks your involvement to keep our Committee fresh and valuable for all.

A few ways to participate:

  • Our Monthly PCRRTK Conference Call, typically held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2:30 ET, and are an easy way to keep up with our Committee's activities;
  • Our Quarterly Newsletter provides insightful analysis on recent issues and trends in the PCRRTK space as well as publishing opportunities;
  • Our Monthly Complimentary Friday Breakfast Forums: are a complimentary hour-long monthly event that occur at 8:30 a.m. ET where informal discussion with thought leaders and networking take place. Participation can be in-person or by phone;
  • Our Committee Program calls/webinars: are currently under development. Programs have included a teleconference on February 5, 2015, to discuss the funding challenges with the new Congress' efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Thank you for your continued participation and support of our Committee. Most especially, I wish each of you the very best this coming year!

Joanne Thelmo

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