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Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know

Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know

Committee Related Events

Upcoming Events:

November 20, 2015, Friday Breakfast Forum

CONFIRMED SPEAKER: Maureen Ruskin, Director Office of Chemical Hazards/Metals in the Directorate of Standards & Guidance

ISSUES: OSHA Globalized Harmonized System of Classification & Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Update on Agency’s Enforcement Policies regarding GHS compliance

DATE/TIME: Friday, November 20, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30 am (ET)
LOCATION: Keller and Heckman, 1001 G Street NW, Suite 500W, Washington DC 20001

RSVPs are required for all participants, even those attending via conference call.
Please send your RSVP to Joanne Thelmo, by Wednesday, November 18.

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. There is no cost for attending either in-person or remotely.

BIOGRAPHY: Maureen Ruskin
Maureen Ruskin is currently the Office Director of the Office of Chemical Hazards – Metals (OCHM) in the Directorate of Standards and Guidance for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OCHM is responsible for regulations and guidance on exposures to toxic metals as well as aligning the Hazard Communication Standard with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

Ms. Ruskin joined OSHA in 1997, as an industrial engineer in the office of regulatory analysis, where she worked on several rulemaking projects including permissible exposure limits (PELs), methylene chloride, 1,3-Butadiene, and hexavalent chromium. Prior to working at OSHA, she worked in the chemical industry for approximately a dozen years. Throughout her career she has represented OSHA on various committees including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Interagency Testing Committee (ITC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH’s) National Occupational Research Agenda.

Ms. Ruskin currently represents OSHA as the Head of Delegation for the United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.

Save the Date:

December 11 Friday Forum with Jim Jones, US EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention @ Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

Past Events

  • October 14, 2015, Hot Topics in Pesticide Law
  • October 2, 2015, Friday Breakfast Forum, featuring Gerald ("Jerry") S. Couri, II, Senior Environmental Policy Advisor, House Energy & Commerce Committee
  • June 26, 2015, Friday Forum, featuring Nichelle Harriott, Science & Regulatory Director, Beyond Pesticides
  • May 15, 2015, Friday Forum, featuring Mark Garvey, Senior Attorney, U.S. EPA, Office of Civil Enforcement.

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,

On behalf of the Pesticide, Chemical Regulation, and Right to Know Committee (PCRRTK) Leadership, I am excited to welcome you to our Committee and our website!

Since 1999 our Committee has built a unique position in addressing pesticides, chemical regulations and information disclosure issues and I am pleased to play a part as Chair which has this responsibility.

As I start my second year as Chair, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to our vice chairs both past and present and to all our former chairs, listed below, for all of your hard work and commitment to our Committee.

Martha Marrapese (2012 - 2014)
Charles Franklin (2010 - 2012)
Mark Duvall (2008 - 2010)
Lynn Bergeson (2006 - 2008)
Larry Culleen (2004 - 2006)
Kipp Coddington (2002 - 2004)
Stanley Abramson (1999 - 2002)

Their contribution and leadership has enabled our Committee to continue to flourish with an esprit de corps that makes it a privilege and honor to serve as your Chair.

One of the primary goals of our Committee 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 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 here’s a glimpse of what the PCRRTK world will look like in 2015-2016:

  • Quarterly Newsletter (November, January, April, June) provides insightful analysis on recent issues and trends in the PCRRTK space as well as publishing opportunities
  • Complimentary Friday Forums provides monthly networking opportunities with colleagues, meet thought/government leaders and learn about critical issues
    • 2 October 2015, Friday Forum with Gerald Couri, Senior Environmental Policy Advisor to the House Energy & Commerce Committee : TSCA
  • 14 October 2015 Hot Topics in Pesticide Law, complimentary
    • The meeting will include panel discussions on:
      • the intersection of the Endangered Species Act and pesticide regulation
      • cross-cutting enforcement issues and policies
      • a discussion of food and agriculture right to know issues
  • Monthly PCRRTK Conference Call, typically held on the 3rd Thursday at 12:00pm (ET)
    • 16 October 2015 will be our next conference call
  • Opportunities to present, network and collaborate with other organizations
  • Programming to be developed: Quick Teleconference/Brown bags/Webinars
  • 23nd Annual SEER Fall Conference in Chicago, October 28-30, 2015.

I invite you to browse our website to learn more about our Committee.

I plan to tweet and will continue to post on our website and look forward to many more opportunities to continue our conversation. I also encourage you to contact me or any vice chair with your ideas to expand our offerings or resources or questions.

Now, it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to our vice chairs for 2015-2016:

Lynn Bergeson - Committee Newsletter

Freedom Smith - Electronic Communications
Allison In - Electronic Communications

Steven M. Christenson - Membership, Corporate In-house
Eric Gotting - Membership, Law Firm
Caleb Pearson - Membership, Students & Young Lawyers
Stacy Tatman - Membership, Trade Associations & Young Lawyers
Sara Beth Watson - Membership, Law Firm

Larry Culleen - Programs
Charles Franklin - Programs
Irene Hantman - Programs
Keith Matthews - Programs

Allison In - Social Media
Tayyaba Waqar - Social Media

Scott Schang - Special Projects
Rachel Lattimore - Special Projects

Claudia O’Brien - The Year in Review
Alicia Edwards - The Year in Review

Mark Duvall - At-Large
Herb Estreicher - At-Large
Charles Franklin - At-Large, Government Affairs Special Committee Liaison
Warren Lehrenbaum - At-Large
Martha Marrapese - At-Large

I look forward to working with you to make this our very best year!

Best regards,

Joanne Thelmo
Pesticides, Chemical Regulations and Right-to-Know Committee

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