Readers attending the ABA’s meeting in Toronto in August may be interested in the following event concerning the Canadian system for regulating industrial chemicals and lessons that system may offer the United States as it debates TSCA Reform. A short description is embedded below, and more information about the annual meeting is available here. The list of speakers is impressive, so the event should prove worth the time investment.
3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Chemical Regulation in Canada—Lessons for U.S. Reforms
Room 801A, 800 Level, MTCC, South Building
Everyone agrees that chemical regulation in the US needs to be updated. Industry, NGOs and the EPA all find fault with TSCA, the 1976 law that still governs the process. The EU and Canada are both implementing new, ambitious programs that provide models and cautionary experiences for US reforms. The EU’s REACH program has been widely criticized for needless expense and complexity and for producing slow results. The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, by contrast, is frequently cited by stakeholders as a better approach. This program will focus on features of CEPA that make it apparently more efficient and productive, and explore how compatible those processes would be with US law and expectations regarding transparency, participation and due process.
James Conrad, Washington, D.C.
Joseph Castrilli, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mark Duvall, Washington, D.C.
Robert Fishlock, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Karen Levins, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources