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TSCA: Three Years Later

When:

June 24, 2019

Where:

Washington, DC (and webinar)


Conference Co-Sponsored by ELI, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health


This conference marked the third Toxic Substances Control Act Annual Conference, expanding upon TSCA Reform at 2 Years and TSCA Reform: One Year Later. Leading panelists reflected on the accomplishments and challenges since the implementation of the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and where the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) stands today. Panelists explored a host of topics, including the current impacts of TSCA on science policies, challenges faced by industry, and the impacts of TSCA on regulatory policies especially those concerning ensuring compliance and enforcement.

Agenda (all times are EDT)

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Registration

9:35 - 10:05 AM
Welcome and Overview of Forum

Lynn R. Goldman, Michael and Lori Milken Dean and Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

10:05 - 10:15 AM
Morning Keynote Discussion

LeRoy C. Paddock, Associate Dean for Environmental Studies and Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University

10:15 - 11:45 AM

Panel 1: TSCA Implementation: Where Are We Now?
Panel 1 focused on how TSCA has been applied over the past three years since the enactment of the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and the impact of TSCA’s implementation on the regulatory, environmental, political, and corporate sectors. This included the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) updated inventory identifying active and inactive chemical substances, the new chemicals’ review process, and the regulation of existing chemicals. Additionally, panelists tackled how to ensure public safety and corporate responsibility including the treatment and classification of confidential business information (CBI) in accordance with TSCA.

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch Break (lunch provided)

12:30 - 1:00 PM

Luncheon Keynote:  Alexandra Dunn, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Panel 2: Science Policy Issues
Panel 2 focused on the numerous impacts of TSCA on science policy. Panelists explored chemical prioritization and risk evaluation, chemical data reporting and its use in assessments, testing of new and existing chemicals, animal welfare considerations, and more.

  • George M. Gray, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Director of the Center for Risk Science and Public Health, The George Washington University, Moderator
  • Tala Henry, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Oscar Hernandez, Ph.D., Senior Regulatory Chemist, Bergeson & Campbell P.C.
  • Britt L. McAtee, Ph.D., Manager, Toxicology, PPG Industries

2:30 - 2:45 PM

Coffee Break

2:45 - 4:15 PM

Panel 3: Regulatory and Policy Issues

Panel 3 explored the regulations and policies under TSCA. Panelists examined reporting and labeling requirements, current and potential future compliance standards, enforcement laws and policies, and the role of TSCA in upholding environmental justice.

  • James V. Aidala, Senior Government Affairs Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell P.C., Moderator
  • Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell P.C.
  • Eve Gartner, Staff Attorney, Healthy Communities Program, Earthjustice
  • Jeffery Morris, Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

4:15 - 4:30 PM

Concluding Remarks
Scott Fulton
, President, Environmental Law Institute

Materials:

Panel 1:
Steven Bennett presentation
Lynn Bergeson presentation
Adam Finkel presentation
Michal Freedhoff (no presentation)

Panel 2:
George Gray presentation
Tala Henry (no presentation)

Oscar Hernandez presentation
Britt McAtee presentation

Panel 3:
James Aidala presentation
Richard Engler (no presentation)
Eve Gartner presentation
Jeffery Morris (no presentation)


 

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