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Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-To-Know
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Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-To-Know

Message from the Chair

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Thank you for your interest in the Pesticide, Chemical Regulation, and Right to Know Committee (PCRRTK) website!

As I start my year as Chair, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to former chair Martha Marrapese and to those who led our Committee since its inception. Their leadership has enabled our Committee to flourish with an espirit de corps that makes it a privilege and honor to serve as your Chair.

At the forefront, our Committee strives to provide opportunities for profession 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, what will the PCRRTK world look like in 2014-2015? Here's a glimpse:

  • Quarterly Newsletter (November, January, April, June) provides insightful analysis on recent issues and trends in the PCRRTK space as well as publishing opportunities;
  • Monthly Complimentary Friday Forums provide: networking opportunities with colleagues, meetings with thought/government leaders, and the ability to learn about critical issues;
  • Monthly PCRRTK Conference Call, typically held on the 3rd Tuesday at 2:30 ET;
  • Opportunities to: present, network and collaborate with organizations;
  • Programming to be developed: Quick Teleconference/Brown bags/Webinars;
  • 22nd Annual SEER Fall Conference at Trump Doral, October 8-11, 2014.
I invite you to browse our pages to learn more about our Committee. I also encourage you to contact me or any vice chair with your ideas to expand our offers or resources or questions.

We encourage you to help us develop and expand our portfolio of resources. Here are some ways to get involved.

Joanne Thelmo

Committee Related Events

Upcoming Events

October 24, 2014, FREE FRIDAY FORUM: featuring David McCarthy, Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, House Committee on Energy and Commerce; John W. Stone, Counsel, House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

  • WHAT: David McCarthy and John W. Stone will discuss the Chemicals in Commerce Act and other reform legislation, and HR 4432, "The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014," introduced to establish a mandatory pre-market notification requirement for bio-engineered foods and address GMO food labeling issues.
  • WHERE: Arent Fox, LLP, 1717 K. Street N.W., Washington, DC 20006.
    • When arriving at Arent Fox, please check-in at the reception desk in the front lobby. Closest Metro stops are Farragut North, K Street Exit, and Farragut West, 17th St. Exit. The entrance to the building's parking garage is located on the access road that parallels K Street between Connecticut and 18th Street, N.W.
  • TIME: 8:30 – 9:30 am EDT
  • REGISTRATION: SPACE LIMITED. RSVP's are required for all participants, even those attending via conference call. Please send your RSVP by Wednesday October 22, 2014 to Joanne Thelmo

November 14, 2014 FREE BROWN BAG PROGRAM: featuring Richard Denison, at Beveridge & Diamond. Additional details to come.

John Stone, Counsel, Committee on Energy & Commerce, & David McCarthy, Chief Counsel, House Committee on Energy & Commerce, at Arent Fox

Recent Past Events:

  • September 26, 2014: Free Friday Forum featuring Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, US Environmental Protection Agency.
  • August 1, 2014: FREE BROWN BAG PROGRAM featuring Tiffany Finck-Haynes, Food Futures Campaigner, Food and Technology Program, Friends of the Earth U.S.; Explored Neonics and Insecticides, which have been used in the last 20 years to control a variety of pests, especially sap-feeding insects, such as aphids on cereals, and root-feeding grubs.
  • JULY 11, 2014: FREE FRIDAY FORUM SPEAKER SERIES, featuring Steve Bradbury, formerly Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).
  • JUNE 20, 2014: FREE FRIDAY FORUM, featuring Jack Housenger, Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), US EPA.
  • June 17, 2014: FREE BROWN BAG PROGRAM ON HOT ISSUES AFFECTING PESTICIDES AND THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. Speakers: William Jordan, Deputy Director, Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. EPA; Jason Rylander, Senior Staff Attorney, Defenders of Wildlife; Rachel Lattimore, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, Crop Life America; and Moderator: Stephen Owens, Of Counsel, Squire & Sanders, Former Assistant Administrator U.S. EPA.
    • The Event's Overview, Pesticides, and FIFRA presenations are available in Committee Resources section on this page.
  • May BROWN BAG Forum, May16,2014,on the Importance and Potential Pitfalls of Hazard Communication for Consumer Products in the Contemporary Marketplace. Speakers: Sarah Esmaili, Counsel, Arnold & Porter; Tim Serie, Counsel, American Coatings Association; Gavin Thompson, Principal, Environ; and Michael Gidding, Gidding Law, LLC.
  • Friday Breakfast Forum, April 25, 2014, addressing Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and featuring:
    • Mary Lisa Madell, Director for Agricultural Affairs, Agricultural Affairs & Commodity Policy, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR); Ashley A. Miller, Director for Market Access, Small Business, Market Access & Industrial Competitiveness, USTR; and Daniella Taveau, EPA's TTIP regulatory expert. Senior Advisor, International Trade, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Friday Breakfast Forum, March 28, 2014, featuring Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Stanislaus spoke on the intersection of recycling and green chemistry.
  • Friday Breakfast Forum, February 28, 2014, featuring Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), discussing sustainability. Related materials available in committee resources section.

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.

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