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Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know

Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know

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Brownbag / NON-CLE EVENT
DATE: February 22, 2017
TIME: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

WHERE: Arnold & Porter LLP
601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

WHAT: Join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion with a group of experts and advocates during which we will review EPA’s progress in implementing the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The effect that the change in Administrations may have and the oversight role of the new Congress will be covered by an expert panel. The panel also will discuss the regulatory actions EPA has taken, those the Agency is required to take during the remainder of 2017, and how EPA’s efforts reflect priorities and deadlines under the amended statute. The topics reviewed will include recent regulatory proposals issued pursuant to the amended Section 6(a) of TSCA. The status of the proposed prioritization and risk evaluation rules, the Inventory rule involving “active” and “inactive” designations, confidential business information claims procedures, and the scope of risk evaluations EPA will undertake on the first 10 existing chemicals selected for review under the amended statute also will be evaluated for their legal and policy implications.


  • Larry Culleen, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP


  • Lynn Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
  • Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Richard Denison, Lead Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Irene Hantman, Verdant Law, PLLC
  • Jim Jones, Former Assistant Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Martha Marrapese, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
  • Ernie Rosenberg, President and CEO, American Cleaning Institute
  • Mike Walls, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council

This program is co-sponsored by the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, the Section's Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know Committee, Special Committee on Congressional Relations, and the Environmental Law Institute.


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The Emerging Legal Framework for Promotion of Efficient Use of Resources
Non-CLE Webinar
February 23, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET

Increasingly it has become clear that to achieve sustainability on an ongoing basis, it is necessary to address the manner in which production and disposal cycles are integrated so that economic resource efficiencies achieved will serve to minimize harmful and wasteful environmental pollution. i.e. ,to facilitate “closing the loop” in the “circular economy” of materials and natural resources. The pace of technological change is creating new possibilities for supply chain integration and the development entirely as well as new products with associated new global materials consumption patterns and modified waste disposition requirements, These developments potentially can facilitate the rapid development of existing and of newer products environmental pollution potential.

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform

On June 22, 2016, the President signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amends TSCA, the Nation's primary chemicals management law. The new law addressed several issues, including:

  • Mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable deadlines;

  • New risk-based safety standard;

  • Increased public transparency for chemical information; and

  • Consistent source of funding for EPA to carry out the responsibilities under any new law.

For historical reference as to TSCA, 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, in 2014 developed a variety of resources for TSCA stakeholders interested in participating in the TSCA reform debate. These resources promoted greater awareness, understanding, and dialogue on TSCA as the reform efforts were underway, and included:

  • 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.

Information regarding the changes to TSCA, and the 2014 historical TSCA reference materials, can be found on SEER’s new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform Page.

Message from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the main webpage of the Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right to Know Committee. We are hopeful that you will find this page to be a bountiful source of useful information on the Committee and also generally regarding chemicals regulation. The webpage is maintained by our Vice Chair of Electronic Communications, Freedom Smith, and I urge you contact Freedom with any questions, comments, or compliments regarding the webpage.

With respect to comments and suggestions, the webpage is a dynamic product that can be readily revised. Therefore, all suggestions regarding additional content that may be useful are welcome. As currently constituted, we have included brief summaries of both upcoming and past Committee programming activities; there are also links to information regarding Committee leadership, a roster of current Committee members, and a link that facilitates becoming a member of the Committee. One can also access the current and past copies of the oft-lauded PCRRTK Newsletter. We also have modules that house basic legal resources and practitioners’ guides intended to provide useful information regarding chemicals regulation law. Some of this material is a bit dated, and we are in the process of updating these materials to ensure their relevance and utility. Please bear with us as we develop these updated materials.

Finally, I’d like to note the link to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform Page. As anyone with even a passing interest in chemicals regulation knows, this past summer Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg), and it was signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2016. Lautenberg significantly amended and altered key portions of TSCA. The TSCA Reform page contains outstanding content developed by our Committee members, and is a veritable font of information on the substantive content of Lautenberg, the implications of this law for chemicals producers, processors and importers, and EPA’s ongoing implementation activities. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the past, present, or future of TSCA reform.

Keith Matthews

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