TSCA and Environmental Justice — A Conversation with Former OPPT Director Jeffery T. Morris, Ph.D.
This week I sat down with Dr. Jeff Morris, immediate past Director of EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), the EPA office that regulates industrial chemicals. Jeff is now a principal of Jeff Morris Solutions LLC, a consulting firm helping entities navigate the complexities of industrial chemical regulation. While at EPA, Jeff directed the Agency’s implementation of the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S. law regulating industrial chemicals, and headed the office most immediately impacted by the significant changes brought about by the Lautenberg amendments.
In our discussion, we look back on Jeff’s leadership of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics and its accomplishments in implementing Lautenberg, which policies the current Administration has implemented that should continue, and how the new Administration should and can do more using TSCA to address social inequities and achieve the goals of environmental justice. Jeff discusses his recent articles on this important topic, as well as the important role international collaboration plays in understanding both the commercial promise and chemical profile of nanomaterials.
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