James V. Aidala

Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs


Jim Aidala is a Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®) and a critical ally for any client addressing chemical policy, legislative, and related issues. He has been intimately involved with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) legislative reauthorization and key regulatory matters for over four decades. Mr. Aidala brings extensive legislative experience on Capitol Hill and past experience as the senior official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for pesticide and chemical regulation, and provides clients with vital insights into not only relevant current policies of EPA and sister agencies, but also the way these policies have been or are likely to be formulated to help clients more successfully address regulatory matters. This unmatched wealth of experience allows him to explain, interpret, and predict EPA policies to help clients resolve or address their issues.

Representative Engagements

  • Successfully sought EPA’s written clarification of policy interpretation, which saved a client over $900,000 in a commercial dispute between pesticide registrants.
  • Convinced EPA that its interpretation of certain food tolerance requirements was incorrect, which otherwise would have eliminated all uses of a client’s product. The product continues to be available on the market today.
  • Advised a client regularly over an extended period about EPA actions regarding the possible phase-out of a product, to ensure that an orderly transition to alternative technology was achieved with minimal market disruption.
  • Appeared as an expert witness in trials where potential damage claims total hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Routinely counsels clients on how to best approach officials at all levels of regulatory bodies to ensure that the most accurate scientific information and legal arguments are incorporated into pending decisions.

Articles and Writings


B&C, Acta, and BCCM provide a full range of global support for the commercialisation of chemicals, biocides, and products of industrial biotechnology, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology.

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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972-1973
  • AB & AM, Brown University, 1976
  • Doctoral Program Studies, Harvard University, 1976-1979

Rankings & Recognition

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University, 1976
  • Lester Ward Prize, Brown University, 1976
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Harvard University, 1976-1979