As a new Administration arrives in Washington, D.C., few things are certain except that 2021 is sure to be an eventful year, especially as the Democrats gain a majority in the House and what appears to be narrow control of the Senate. While underlying partisan jockeying and prospects for bipartisan cooperation will affect greatly what may happen in the more limited context of chemical regulation, the Biden Administration has already laid out priorities on the environment that will surely influence the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) positions on climate change, the role of science, and regulation in general.
With these major upcoming changes in mind, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to present “What to Expect When You’re Electing (a New President),” a complimentary webinar featuring Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C; Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C; and James V. Aidala, Senior Government Affairs Consultant, B&C. Join us for a timely, focused, and riveting discussion, exploring:
- Expected domestic and global climate policies, including a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 and the new Administration’s stated goal to re-join the Paris Accord on “day one” – and what that may mean for other environmental priorities at EPA;
- Revisions to Trump-era decisions on implementation of the 2016 Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) (Lautenberg Amendments) and decisions on various specific pesticides (most notably, or most notoriously, chlorpyrifos); and
- The emergence of environmental justice as a core component of the Biden Administration’s environmental agenda and, in particular, the role chemical exposures play in disproportionately affecting vulnerable subpopulations and marginalized communities. The nominations of Michael Regan as EPA Administrator and Brenda Mallory to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) demonstrate the seriousness of the Biden Administration’s commitment to environmental justice as each has a clear record of accomplishment as a champion of the topic.