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Toxic Substances Control Act Reform: Chemical Prioritization

April 2012

Citation: 42 ELR 10313

Issue: 4

Author: Linda K. Breggin, Peter de la Cruz, Daryl Ditz, Steve Goldberg, Carol Kraege, and Ted Sturdevant

Several key issues have emerged as pivotal in ongoing efforts to reform TSCA. Progress on these complex issues is central to the success of TSCA reform. As part of its ongoing series on TSCA reform priorities and challenges, on October 4, 2011, ELI convened a panel of experts to discuss reform related to prioritizing chemicals for regulation. The panel reviewed current EPA, state, and international initiatives for purposes of assessing the feasibility of various approaches. Topics addressed included criteria (hazard/exposure/risk), procedures for identification of chemicals, and the scope of regulatory authority to require alternatives and other actions.

Linda K. Breggin, Senior Attorney and Director, Nanotechnology Program, Environmental Law Institute (moderator). Peter de la Cruz, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
Daryl Ditz, Director, Chemicals Program, Center for International Environmental Law. Steve Goldberg, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Regulatory & Government Affairs, BASF. Carol Kraege, Reducing Toxic Threats Initiative Coordinator, Washington Department of Ecology. Ted Sturdevant, Director, Washington Department of Ecology.

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