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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

FREE FRIDAY BREAKFAST FORUM, April 25, 2014, featuring:

  • Mary Lisa Madell, Director for Agricultural Affairs, Agricultural Affairs & Commodity Policy, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Exective Office of the President.
  • Ashley A. Miller, Director for Market Access, Small Business, Market Access & Industrial Competitiveness, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Exective Office of the President.
  • Daniella Taveau, EPA's TTIP regulatory expert. Senior Advisor, International Trade, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

WHAT: Our speakers will be addressing Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, and in particular how these negotiations could impact domestic and international efforts to modernize and harmoze chemical control regulatory policies and priorities, and to market domestic products in overseas markets.

WHERE: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., 10th Floor, Washington DC

TIME: 8:30am – 9:35am EDT

Please send your RSVP to Joanne Thelmo. If you would like to join remotely or need more information please contact Joanne. There is no cost for attending either in-person or remotely.

Recent Past Events:

  • 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.
    • A Transcript of Mr. Perciasepe's remarks can be found in Committee Resources section on this page.
  • Friday Breakfast Forum, December 6, 2013, featuring Jessica Rich, Director for the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Accompanied by James Kohm, Associate Director for the Enforcement Division, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
  • Friday Breakfast Forum, November 1, 2013, featuring former Commissioner for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Nancy A. Nord.

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:

Of course, the Committee offers you more than just access to such resources - 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:
    • Issue 3:
      • Copy to Lynn - February 28, 2014.
      • Submission to ABA - March 10, 2014.
      • Estimated Publication: April 2014.
    • Issue 4:
      • 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.

It is an exciting time to be part of the PCRRTK community. We welcome your participation in the year to come.


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Committee Projects



SEER TSCA Reform Project
TSCA Reform Resolution

News AND Links of Interest



April 15, 2014, Vitter Announces Growing Support for Bipartisan TSCA Reform Bill
March 12, 2014: Energy & Commerce Committe Hearing Chemicals in Commerce Act
March 10, 2014: Committee on Energy and Commerce Memo on Hearing on the Discussion Draft entitled "The Chemicals in Commerce Act"
February 27, 2014: U.S. House Discussion Draft of Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA)
November 20, 2013, Draft Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement.
November 6, 2013, EPA Final Rule: Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule
October 23, 2013, Proposed Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in the 113th Congress: S. 1009 Compared with S. 696 and Current Law
S. 1505: September 17, 2013 Bill to Amend TSCA to clarify EPA jurisdiction with respect to certain sporting good articles
July 31, 2013, Senate Environmental Committee Hearing "Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats.”
July 24, 2013, Senate Environmental Committee Hearing "Oversight of EPA Authorities and Actions to Control Exposures to Toxic Chemicals."
June 27, 2013, Senate Environmental Committee Hearing "Oversight of Federal Risk Management and Emergency Planning Programs to Prevent and Address Chemical Threats . . ."
May 22, 2013: S. 1009 - Bill to reauthorize and moderninze the Toxic Substances Control Act
April 10, 2013: S. 696 - Safe Chemicals Act of 2013; Bill to Amend the Toxic Substances Control Act
April 1, 2013, The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): A Summary of the Act and Its Major Requirements
August 12, 2010, Proposed Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in the 113th Congress: S. 1009 Compared with S. 696 and Current Law
Washington State Proposes to amend the Reporting List of Chemicals of High Concern to Children to Add the Flame Retardant tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP) and Remove the Solvent n-butanol.

PRACTITIONERs' E-Reference



Issue: Regulation of Polychlorinated Bi-phenyls
Issue: The EU's Chemical Control Program Under REACH
Issue: Green Marketing E-Reference
Reauthorization of the Toxic Substances Control Act TSCA
Confidential Business Information (CBI) Policy in Chemical and Pesticide Regulation
Confidential Business Information (Mark Duvall)
Nanotechnology Policy
FDA Regulation of Nanotechnology
Perspectives, Insights, and Analyses

Committee Resources



US EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe Friday Forum Remarks
ABA Writer's Guidelines for Committee Newsletters 2013-2014
TSCA Brief Paper Assignments

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