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

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.

Committee Related Events

Upcoming Events

August 1, 2014: FREE BROWN BAG PROGRAM featuring Tiffany Finck-Haynes, Food Futures Campaigner, Food and Technology Program, Friends of the Earth U.S.

· WHAT: Program will explore Neonics and Insecticides. What are neonics? Neonicotinoids are a relatively new type of insecticide, 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.

  • Tiffany is the food futures campaigner at Friends of the Earth (FOE). Tiffany leads FOE's bee work and will share with us FOE’s position on neonics. Prior to joining Friends of the Earth, she worked as a community health organizer at Many Languages One Voice, running campaigns to improve equitable access to affordable, culturally and linguistically appropriate health-related information, services, and care. She has also led labor solidarity and environmental stewardship campaigns and completed an independent research study in Bolivia focused on the impacts of climate change on bee populations and implications of pollinator declines for the food systems and global ecosystems.
  • Tiffany holds a B.A. in International Affairs with a Concentration in Contemporary Cultures and Societies from George Washington University.
WHERE: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), 1350 Connecticut Ave NW

TIME: 8:30 – 9:30 am EDT

REGISTRATION: Space Limited (20) in-person attendees. RSVP's are required for all participants, even those attending via conference call. Please send your RSVP to Joanne Thelmo, by Wednesday, July 30

  • Location: American Bar Association, 1050 Connecticut Ave., NW Ste 400, Washington DC 20036-5369
  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT

Recent Past Events:

  • 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 by clicking on the links above or 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 here or in committee resources section.

Message from the Chair

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, The EU's Chemical Control Program Under REACH, and Regulation of PCBs.
  • Committee Resources, like the Perspectives, Insights, and Analysis resource, provides great links to recent scholarship on pesticide, chemical regulation, and right to know issues.
  • Our 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.

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

  • 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:
    • 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.

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