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June 29, 2016

Chemical Watch Webinar Series — “‘The New TSCA’ – What You Need to Know”

The ACTA Group

Webinar 2: “Impacts on New and Existing Chemicals Programs”

Thursday, July 14, 2016
8:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time/11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time/16:00 British Summer Time

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In this second episode of the complimentary webinar series “The New TSCA — What You Need To Know,” Chemical Watch and an assembled faculty of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) experts will take a deeper dive into the profound changes that the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) makes to TSCA Sections 4, 5, and 6.

All chemical stakeholders doing business in the U.S., as well as foreign entities with business interests in the U.S. will need to understand the fundamental shifts in requirements, and the new concepts and approaches that are introduced by the law. Questions such as: “How is the new requirement that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must make affirmative determinations on all Section 5 new chemicals likely to play out and to what effect?”; “What are the potential impacts of the new Section 4 testing authority on EPA and industry?”; “How significant are the changes to Section 6 and the regulation of existing chemicals, and what can be expected over the coming years?”; and more will be discussed.


  • Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell P.C. (B&C®.)
  • Richard A. Denison, Ph.D., Lead Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Charles M. Auer, Charles Auer & Associates, LLC, former Director of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), EPA
  • Oscar Hernandez, Ph.D., Senior Regulatory Chemist, B&C, former Director of the Risk Management Division in OPPT, EPA
  • Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.,  Senior Chemist, B&C, former senior staff scientist in OPPT and leader of EPA’s Green Chemistry Program

Topics Covered:

  • Section 4 Chemical Testing
    • EPA’s more flexible and strengthened legal authority for testing, and how it might be used to support:
      • Section 5 needs and purposes
      • Section 6 prioritization and Risk Evaluation (RE) processes
    • Effect of the animal welfare provision
  • Section 5 New Chemicals and Significant New Uses (NC/SNU)
    • Effect of changes to Section 5, including the requirements that EPA make an affirmative determination on all Section 5 notices
    • Explanation of the new Section 5 process to regulate NC/SNUs and associated legal/policy implications
  • Section 6 Prioritization, Risk Evaluation (RE), and Risk Management (RM) of Existing Chemicals
    • Details of the process, approaches, and legal requirements that must be met for each of:
      • Prioritization
      • RE
      • RM

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Additional Webinars in “The New TSCA” Series:

Webinar 1 (presented June 13, 2016): Overview and Summary of Major Changes: What to Expect and When to Expect It. For a copy of the webinar recording, click here.

Dates and registration links for these future webinars will be circulated in the coming weeks:

Webinar 3: Information and Reporting (Sections 8 and 14)
Webinar 4: Other Provisions — PBTs, Preemption, Green/Sustainable Chemistry