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Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know

Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know

Committee Related Events

Upcoming Events:

June 26, 2015, FREE FRIDAY FORUM

CONFIRMED SPEAKER: Nichelle Harriott, Science & Regulatory Director, Beyond Pesticides

ISSUES: Honey Bees & Neonicotinoid Pesticides (neonics)

DATE/TIME: Friday, June 26, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30 am (ET)
LOCATION: Environmental Law Institute : 1730 M Street NW, Suite 700 Washington DC. Nearest Metros are Farragut North (redline) or Farragut West (orange/blue/silver line).

RSVPs are required for all participants, even those attending via conference call.
Please send your RSVP to Joanne Thelmo, by Wednesday, June 24.

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: Nichelle Harriott
Nichelle Harriott is the Science and Regulatory Director at Beyond Pesticides. She has earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) in chemistry and environmental science at Morgan State University and her Masters of Science (MS) in Environmental Science and Public Policy at George Mason University. She joined Beyond Pesticides in the summer of 2007, having previously worked on several conservation and public health issues. At Beyond Pesticides, Ms. Harriott reviews pesticide substances and their impacts on human and environmental health, as part of a broader effort to provide decision-makers and the general public with information in support of sustainable management of indoor and outdoor environments. She also leads and coordinates the pollinator protection campaign at Beyond Pesticides which has developed several educational materials, policy recommendations, and local legislation and grassroots action. She is responsible for submitting regulatory comments to EPA regarding pesticide registrations and uses, and is the author of several articles and brochures exploring the connection between chemical contaminants and human health.

Nichelle has spent the majority of her professional career working on environmental conservation and chemical pollution issues, having her academic background in this arena. Ms. Harriott works actively on campaigns seeking to protect consumer health via public education, grassroots outreach, and regulatory advocacy in collaboration with other environmental and health organizations. She has also spent time speaking to local schools and communities about public health and environmental related issues.


Past Events

* 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,

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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