The Story of TSCA Reform
July 14, 2016
On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, amending the Toxic Substances Control Act for the first time since its passage in 1976. While environmental organizations, public health advocates, the regulated community, and EPA have all supported updating the law since at least 2009, political challenges seemed destined to prevent comprehensive reform. Nonetheless, dedicated advocates from various stakeholder groups and committed members of Congress and their staffs overcame the hurdles and passed the most significant federal environmental law in a quarter century. How did stakeholders and elected officials negotiate the political gridlock surrounding most recent attempts at environmental legislation? How were major issues such as the preemption of state law and financing addressed? What other roadblocks were overcome, and what can environmental, public health, and industry advocates learn from the experience? The Environmental Law Institute assembled a knowledgeable panel comprised of individuals and organizations critical to TSCA reform, and discussed how ultimate success was reached. Speakers shared insights from the road to reform and fielded questions from the audience.
John Pendergrass, VP of Programs & Publications, Environmental Law Institute (moderator)
Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell PC
Sarah Brozena, Senior Director, Regulatory & Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council
Richard Denison, Lead Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
David Goldston, Director of Government Affairs, Natural Resources Defense Council
Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention, US EPA
David J. McCarthy, Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Senator Tom Udall, US Senate (D-NM)
The video of the panel discussion is here
July 15, 2016, Free Friday Forum
SPEAKER: Michael Walls, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council.
TIME/LOCATION: 8:30 - 9:30a.m.(ET) American Chemistry Council (ACC is connected to Union Station by an indoor corridor. There is a parking garage in ACC's building).
RSVP REQUIRED: RSVP required for in-person attendees and those attending via conference call. Please send your RSVP to Joanne Thelmo (email@example.com) by Wednesday, July 13th.
SPEAKER BIO:As Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Mr. Walls has a role in policy development as he oversees the issue, regulatory process and agency experts whose work provides a foundation for ACC’s advocacy efforts.
Mr. Walls has been with the ACC for 22 years and has experience in a wide range of U.S. domestic chemical regulatory issues, including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), among others. His experience also includes work on international chemical regulatory issues, including the European Commission’s proposed regulation for Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) and the Chemical Weapons Convention. He has represented the industry in several international chemical negotiations, and in support of U.S. ratification and implementation of those agreements.
Mr. Walls began his work at ACC in the Office of the General Counsel, where he first provided legal advice on a range of international environmental and trade issues and product regulation. Before joining ACC, Mr. Walls was in private law practice in Washington, D.C., where he represented domestic chemical manufacturers. He also served on the staff of U.S. Sen. Jim Sasser (D-Tenn.). Mr. Walls was an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maryland’s School of Law and American University’s Washington College of Law.
Mr. Walls received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law and his master’s degree in business administration from the Georgetown University School of Business.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.