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December 1, 2020

Jeffery Morris, Former OPPT Director, Describes How TSCA Can Be Used to Examine Chemical Exposure Impacts on Tribal and Fenceline Populations

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

On November 30, 2020, Bloomberg Law Environment & Energy Report published a Practitioner Insight column entitled “The Toxic Substances Control Act Under Biden:  Impact on Tribal, Fenceline Populations” by Jeffery Morris, former Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) and founder of Jeff Morris Solutions LLC.  Morris examines how the Biden Administration could apply the Toxic Substances Control Act’s (TSCA) requirement to consider impacts on subpopulations in the evaluation of chemical risks.  Morris notes that fenceline communities and American Indian and Alaskan Natives (referred to as “tribes” in the article, “recognizing that not all native people are in federally recognized tribes”) have faced significant impacts from chemical exposure and should be priorities.