Joseph E. Plamondon, Ph.D.
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BS, Loras College, Chemistry

MS, University of California at Berkeley, Bio-organic Chemistry

Ph.D., University of California at Davis 



Dr. Joseph E. Plamondon is renowned in the industrial chemical community for his work on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) matters, his presentations at professional events, his extensive writing on chemical regulatory matters, and his wealth of experience across the regulatory arena. Through numerous publications and presentations relating to TSCA and the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) for nearly 30 years, and publication of his unique book, "The Underlying Foundation of Science used in the Regulation of Industrial Chemicals," Dr. Plamondon has become the preeminent TSCA consulting scientist in the field. He has utilized his remarkable background to assist numerous companies in their TSCA compliance programs over the past 20 years.

Much of Dr. Plamondon's career has focused on the technical aspects of TSCA, especially chemistry, risk assessment, and toxicity to humans and the environment. The importance of these technical issues in the interpretation of statute requirements is apparent since implementing regulations are often written by chemists and other scientists in terms that can be understood only by those possessing a strong chemical background, normally a Ph.D.

For The Acta Group (Acta®) clients, Dr. Plamondon is a tremendous resource for technical guidance on nomenclature issues, determination of TSCA Inventory status of manufactured and purchased chemicals, and preparations and submittal of Premanufacture Notifications (PMN) and exemption notices prior to manufacture of new chemical substances. He advises clients on development of supporting data. His writing has included publication of a paper on the U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) Sustainable Futures program and the role that modeling can play in assessment of possible risk factors of a new chemical substance. Dr. Plamondon conducts TSCA audits and training programs for companies, and provides TSCA Section 8(e) Substantial Risk guidance for specific toxicological and exposure endpoints that may be reportable.

In addition to his work within the chemical industry, Dr. Plamondon has spent over 15 years consulting with chemical companies on a broad range of TSCA issues and more recently on REACH. Projects have included providing strategic preparation and submission of PMNs designed to avoid TSCA Section 5(e) consent orders and other adverse regulations, as well as offering guidance to companies in the determination of whether certain health and safety information is reportable under TSCA Section 8(e). He has extensive experience working within the regulated community in positions with the Rohm and Haas Company and Akzo Nobel.

Dr. Plamondon has presented at many conferences and professional meetings, including the American Chemistry Council’s Global Chemical Regulations Conference (Living with TSCA). He spoke at major global REACH conferences sponsored by the Rapra group in Boston in April 2008, Houston in January 2009, and Amsterdam in June 2009, and at a conference sponsored by Fresenius in Cologne in December 2009.

Previous to joining Acta, Dr. Plamondon was a senior chemist at Rohm and Haas Company, a technical consultant at Technology Sciences Group, and a regulatory affairs manager at Akzo Nobel. His academic background includes work with Nobel Laureate Melvin Calvin at the University of California at Berkeley and research in hydroboration at the University of California at Davis conducted under the direction of George Zweifel, who was the primary collaborator with Nobel Laureate Herb Brown at Purdue University.

Representative Engagements:

  • Conducted plant site audits and training programs for ten medium to large chemical companies.
  • Obtained approval through the PMN process for an important new product in the petroleum field with environmental benefits, including reducing the need for oil. The volume of production for the new substance was extremely high and a number of the components in it were extremely toxic, which resulted in very close scrutiny by EPA. Concerns were addressed in a variety of ways, including use of the Sustainable Futures program to demonstrate low risk based on low exposure and release, and emphasis on pollution control and environmental benefits of the new technology.
  • Prepared Low Release/Exposure (LoRex) notifications for superior optical devices used in electric applications using nanotechnology.
  • Provided guidance to a major supplier to the solar energy field through assessment of the TSCA Inventory status of numerous chemical combinations designed for use in solar energy devices.



Joseph E. Plamondon, The Underlying Foundation of Science Used in the Regulation of Industrial Chemicals, 2009. The book addresses chemical identity and nomenclature issues, along with risk assessment and toxicology, under both TSCA and REACH.


Lynn L. Bergeson and Joseph E. Plamondon, "TSCA and Engineered Nanoscale Substances," Nanotechnology Law and Business, 2007.

Joseph E. Plamondon, "The DuPont TSCA Enforcement Action: Implications for the Chemical Industry," Environmental Quality Management, 2006.

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