June 24, 2020

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

This conference marked the fourth Toxic Substances Control Act Annual Conference, expanding upon TSCA: Three Years Later, TSCA Reform at 2 Years and TSCA Reform: One Year Later. Leading panelists will reflect on the accomplishments and challenges since the implementation of the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and where the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) stands today.

Panelists dove into 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
9:30 - 9:45 AM

Welcome and Overview of Forum:

Melissa J. Perry, Sc.D., MSH, Chair and Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

9:45 - 10:15 AM

Morning Keynote Discussion:

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

10:15 - 11:45 AM

Panel 1: TSCA Implementation: Where Are We Now?
How has TSCA been applied over the past four years since the enactment of the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments? What impact has the implementation of TSCA had on the regulatory, environmental, political, and corporate sectors? Expert panelists explored TSCA litigation, the status and next steps concerning “first 10” chemicals risk evaluations and regulations, and the next steps for the “next 20” chemical risk evaluations. Additionally, panelists shared how to promote public safety and corporate responsibility, including the treatment and classification of confidential business information (CBI), in accordance with TSCA.

  • Mary Kirchhoff, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Scientific Advancement, American Chemical Society, Moderator
  • Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell P.C.

  • Yvette T. Collazo, Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxic Substances, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Mark A. Hartman, Deputy Director for Management, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Liz Hitchcock, Director, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families

11:45 - 12:30 PM

Lunch Break

12:30 - 1:00 PM

Luncheon Keynote

Hon. John ShimkusU.S. Representative, 15th District of Illinois

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Panel 2: Science Policy Issues
What are the numerous impacts of TSCA on science policy? Expert panelists explored chemical prioritization and risk evaluation, efforts to update risk evaluation reporting, chemical data reporting and its use in assessments, testing of new and existing chemicals, updates to chemical category documents reflecting current scientific and assessment approaches, and more.

2:30 - 2:45 PM

Break

2:45 - 4:15 PM

Panel 3: Regulatory and Policy Issues
What are the regulatory and policy issues EPA is considering as it implements the amended TSCA? Panelists explored reporting and labeling requirements, current and potential future compliance standards, enforcement laws and policies, and the role of TSCA in upholding environmental justice.

  • Jeffery T. Morris, Ph.D., Member, Jeff Morris Solutions LLC, formerly Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, Moderator
  • Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • David B. Fischer, MPH, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Robert M. Sussman, Principal, Sussman and Associates

  • Ami Zota, Sc.D., MS, Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

4:15 - 4:30 PM

Concluding Remarks

Scott Fulton, President, Environmental Law Institute

   

Materials:
Alex Dunn presentation
Speaker Biographies