Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-To-Know
Congratulations to the Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know (PCRRK) Committee! The Section recognizes the PCRRK Committee for Best Committee (Environmental Law), Best Committee Newsletter, and Best Program during the 2012-2013 ABA year. Click here for more information on this year's Section Committee Awards.
Welcome to the home page for the Committee on Pesticide, Chemical Regulation, and Right to Know. The PCRRTK Committee's goal is to provide opportunities for professional 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 strive to address these goals by encouraging broad participation in our programs, publications, and policy dialogues, and by developing programs and materials of value to private, non-profit, and government practitioners. I encourage you to explore some of our existing resources, including:
- Our Practioner's E-Reference Guides provide great online research and reference links for issues like Nanotechnology, TSCA Reform, The EU's Chemical Control Program Under REACH, Regulation of PCBs, Green Marketing, and Confidential Business Information (CBI) Policy in Chemical and Pesticide Regulation. In addition, the Perspectives, Insights, and Analysis E-Reference provides great links to recent scholarship on pesticide, chemical regulation, and right to know issues.
- Our Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-To-Know Newsletter provides insightful analysis on recent issues and trends in the PCRRTK space.
- Our regularly-scheduled programs provide opportunities to network with colleagues, meet government leaders, and learn about critical issues.
Of course, the Committee offers you more than just access to such resources - we encourage you to help us develop and expand our portfolio of resources. Here are some ways to get involved.
- Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Briefing Papers. We are developing briefing papers relevant to TSCA reform. A pdf of proposed topics/papers and assignments can be found in the Committee Projects Section under the name TSCA Briefing Papers. Contact Freedom Smith for details or to volunteer.
- Develop a new Practitioner's E-Reference. Contact Freedom Smith for details.
- Submit a Newsletter Article. We are always looking for scholarship and insight on relevant legal and policy developments. Contact Lynn Bergeson for details. Deadlines for Submission are:
- Issue 2:
- Copy to Lynn - November 29, 2013.
- Submission to ABA - December 13, 2013.
- Estimated Publication: January 2014.
- Issue 3:
- Copy to Lynn - February 21, 2014.
- Submission to ABA - February 28, 2014.
- Estimated Publication: April 2014.
- Issue 4:
- Copy to Lynn - May 9, 2014.
- Submission to ABA - May 16, 2014.
- Estimated Publication: June 2014.
- Propose or Help Plan a Quick Teleconference(QT)/Brownbag Program. We welcome your ideas (and leadership) on program issues of interest to you and your constituents. Contact Lawrence Culleen.
It is an exciting time to be part of the PCRRTK community. We welcome your participation in the year to come.
FREE FRIDAY BREAKFAST FORUM, December 6, 2013, featuring Jessica Rich, Director for the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Accompanied by James Kohm, Associate Director for the Enforcement Division, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
WHAT: On June 17, 2013, Jessica Rich was appointed as the new Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection (Bureau). Just prior to her appointment she served as Associate Director in charge of the Division of Financial Practices since January 2012. Ms. Rich was a Deputy Director of the Bureau from November 2009 to January 2012. In addition, she has served as the Acting Associate Director and Assistant Director of the Bureau’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Assistant Director in the Division of Financial Practices, and counselor to the Bureau Director. She joined the FTC as a staff attorney more than 20 years ago, after starting her career in private practice in New York City. She is a graduate of New York University Law School and Harvard University.
James Kohm, Associate Director for the Enforcement Division of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. In that capacity, he oversees enforcement of all consumer protection orders, the Commission’s Hispanic Initiative and Bankruptcy program, the Criminal Liaison Unit, and a myriad of FTC Rules and Guides. Prior to joining the Enforcement Division, Mr. Kohm served as the Bureau’s Chief of Staff with responsibility for the Commission’s seven regional offices, and as both the Acting Associate Director and an Assistant Director in the FTC’s Division of Marketing Practices. Mr. Kohm received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1984 and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1989.
WHERE: American Cleaning Institute 1331 L Street NW, Suite 650
TIME: 8:30am – 9:30am EDT
Please send your RSVP to Joanne Thelmo. If you would like to join remotely or need more information please contact Joanne. There is no cost for attending either in-person or remotely.
2013 Sponsored Events
- Friday Breakfast Forum, November 1, 2013, featuring former Commissioner for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Nancy A. Nord.
- Friday Breakfast Forum, October 18, 2013, Jean-Philippe Montfort, partner Mayer Brown, Brussels, Belgium. Discussion regarding EU chemical control (REACH).
- Friday Breakfast Forum, Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, US Environmental Protection Agency, September 6, 2013
- Friday Breakfast Forum, Charles E. Di Leva, Esp., Chief Counsel, Environmental and International Law, Legal Vice Presidency, World Bank, July 19, 2013.
- Friday Breakfast Forum, Dr. Robert Pohanka, PhD, Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), June 17, 2013.
- Friday Breakfast Forum, Maria J. Doa, PhD, Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) Chemical Control Division, US Environmental Protection Agency, May 17, 2013
- Friday Breakfast Forum, James A. Kohn, Associate Director for the Enforcement Division, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, April 12, 2013
- Friday Breakfast Forum, Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance, US Environmental Protection Agency | March 15, 2013
- Friday Breakfast Forum, Maureen Ruskin, Director of the Office of Chemicals Hazards-Metals, OSHA | February 15, 2013
2012 Sponsored Events
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View the full roster of Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-To-Know Committee leadership.
An archive of the committee's current and past newsletters is available.
|November 20, 2013, Draft Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement.|
|November 6, 2013, EPA Final Rule: Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule|
|October 23, 2013, Proposed Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in the 113th Congress: S. 1009 Compared with S. 696 and Current Law|
|April 1, 2013, The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): A Summary of the Act and Its Major Requirements|
|August 12, 2010, Proposed Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in the 113th Congress: S. 1009 Compared with S. 696 and Current Law|
|July 31, 2013, Senate Environmental Committee Hearing "Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats.”|
|July 24, 2013, Senate Environmental Committee Hearing "Oversight of EPA Authorities and Actions to Control Exposures to Toxic Chemicals." |
|June 27, 2013, Senate Environmental Committee Hearing "Oversight of Federal Risk Management and Emergency Planning Programs to Prevent and Address Chemical Threats . . ."|
|Washington State Proposes to amend the Reporting List of Chemicals of High Concern to Children to Add the Flame Retardant tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP) and Remove the Solvent n-butanol.|
Modified by Freedom Smith on December 3, 2013