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June 13, 2023

Speakers and Sessions Announced, Registration Open for “TSCA Reform — Seven Years Later” Virtual Conference, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT June 29, 2023

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT
June 29, 2023

The full program, including session details and confirmed speakers for the 7th annual Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) conference, “TSCA Reform — Seven Years Later,” is detailed below. This timely and essential day-long virtual conference will provide updates on risk evaluation, risk management, new chemical review, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and more.

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health are pleased once again to present this complimentary day-long exploration of the accomplishments and challenges since the implementation of the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments. ELI is an accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) provider in Vermont and Pennsylvania; full CLE information is available on the registration page.

Full Agenda (subject to change):

8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.
Madison Calhoun, Senior Manager, Educational Programs, ELI

8:05 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Reflections on the Current State of TSCA Implementation
Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C
Robert M. Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Morning Keynote Discussion
Michal Ilana Freedhoff, Ph.D., Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Panel 1: Risk Evaluation
This panel will discuss various aspects of EPA’s risk evaluation of chemical substances. Our experts will touch on topics such as: EPA’s potential use of European Union (EU) Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) data, EPA’s use of new approach methodologies (NAM), the effectiveness of a “whole chemical approach” to risk determinations, the incorporation of cumulative risk assessment (CRA) approaches, and more.

  • Eve C. Gartner, Director, Crosscutting Toxics Strategies, Earthjustice, Moderator
  • David B. Fischer, Counsel, Keller & Heckman LLP
  • Rashmi Joglekar, Ph.D., Associate Director, Science & Policy, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE), University of California, San Francisco
  • Jeffery Morris, Ph.D., Director, Existing Chemicals Risk Assessment Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA
  • Jennifer Sass, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Further speakers to be announced

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Panel 2: Risk Management
This panel will discuss EPA’s authority under the Lautenberg Amendments to manage chemical risks and options for deploying its authority. Panelists will address how EPA manages workplace risks, enforcement mechanisms for risk management restrictions, whether EPA’s risk management rulemakings are adequately addressing environmental justice (EJ) concerns, potential legal challenges to final risk management rules, and more.

  • Jim Jones, President, J. Jones Environmental, Moderator
  • Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz, Supervising Senior Attorney, Earthjustice
  • W. Caffey Norman, Senior Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Brian Symmes, Acting Director, Existing Chemicals Risk Management Division, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, EPA
  • Meredith Williams, Director, California Department of Toxic Substances Control

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Special Lunch Discussion with Former Toxics Assistant Administrators

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Panel 3: New Chemical Review
The TSCA New Chemicals Program (NCP) was significantly revised by the 2016 Amendments, and what the law requires has been vigorously debated. This panel will discuss opportunities for transparency, processes to guide new chemical review, new approaches to assess chemical risks, protection of workers, TSCA Section 5(e) orders, recent trends with EPA’s review of new chemical substances, and more.

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Panel 4: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
This panel will discuss the unique role of TSCA, as compared to other EPA programs, in addressing the issue of PFAS. Our experts will address subjects such as: laws EPA implements to address PFAS, EPA’s working definition of PFAS, EPA’s TSCA PFAS testing strategy, the upcoming PFAS reporting rule under TSCA, and more.

  • Steve Risotto, Senior Director, Chemical Products & Technology, American Chemistry Council, Moderator
  • Emily Donovan, Co-Founder, Clean Cape Fear
  • Matt Klasen, PFAS Council Manager, EPA
  • Further speakers to be announced

5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Concluding Remarks and Adjournment
Jordan Diamond, President, ELI

Join B&C, ELI, the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, leading experts, and distinguished keynote speakers for a robust exploration of the issues and regulations surrounding TSCA. This event is free and open to the public, but you must register by June 27, 2023.

Full program and registration available online.