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July 12, 2023

TSCA at Seven: As Reasonably Foreseen, ELI and B&C Conclude Another Riveting Conference

Lynn L. Bergeson

On June 29, 2023, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health presented “TSCA Reform — Seven Years Later.” This virtual conference marked the seventh Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Annual Conference, reflecting on the accomplishments and challenges since the implementation of the 2016 Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act) and where TSCA stands today. Speakers covered a variety of topics, including risk evaluation, risk management, new chemical review, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The fact that there were more than 800 program registrants demonstrates the continuing, if not growing, interest in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) challenging implementation of TSCA. A recording of the conference is available online. ELI members who are logged in to the ELI website can view a recording of the conference and the conference materials on the ELI website.

As reported in our July 10, 2023, memorandum, interest in EPA’s implementation of TSCA continues to be high, indeed growing. With the Biden Administration’s approach to Lautenberg Act implementation, stakeholders must remain engaged and focused, whatever their positions, to enable EPA to make good decisions rooted in the facts and advocate as appropriate. Only through continued dialogue, engagement, and collaboration will diverse chemical stakeholders achieve the goals Congress set in enacting the Lautenberg Act. ELI’s facilitation of this important annual conference is an essential element in our collective success in this regard.