Joint NCAC-SOT/CSW Fall 2017 Symposium

TSCA: Best Practices in Toxicology, Risk, and Chemical Management Strategies

Time: October 13, 2017, Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: American Chemical Society (ACS) Headquarters

1155 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20036

Metro: Blue/Orange/Silver Line: McPherson Square or Farragut West.  Red Line: Farragut North.

Parking: Parking is available in nearby commercial parking garages for a fee.

Cost: $25 SOT/ACS Members and Non-Members; $0 Students/Post-Docs, $0 Remote participation—we’ll send you the dial-in info after your free registration

Lunch and Snacks Provided!  Mentoring Lunch and Poster Competition for Students and Post-Docs!

Registration: Online Registration for in-person attendance. If you would like to listen remotely, please register here to receive dial-in information. (Please use these links whether you are an SOT member, CSW member, or non-member!)


TSCA was amended in June, 2016 by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act.  Amendments to TSCA include prohibition or restriction of new chemicals or significant new uses of existing chemicals that fail to meet EPA’s risk-based safety standard; increased public transparency of chemical information, and mandated chemical safety reviews of chemicals in commerce.  One year later, it is critical to identify TSCA successes as well as needed improvements to protect public health and reduce toxics in the environment.  This joint symposium is being hosted by the National Capital Area Chapter of SOT (NCAC) and the American Chemical Society’s Local Section, the Chemical Society of Washington Chapter (CSW).  Listen to diverse viewpoints from the U.S. EPA, the American Chemistry Council, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and other experts to learn about TSCA first-hand!

Poster Competition for Students and Post-Docs

Application Deadline — October 2, 2017

During this symposium, there will be a poster competition and we encourage you and your colleagues to enter.  Eligible students or postdoctoral scholars must be enrolled full-time in a graduate program or be a full-time post-graduate scholar within the CSW region.  Posters do NOT need to pertain to research associated with the symposium topic.  If you would like to participate please send your abstract to Jennifer Tanir at [email protected] October 2, 2017.  Please be sure to indicate if you are a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar.

Applicants will be judged on the clarity of the abstract, the quality of the study that was performed, and the quality of the presentation at the symposium on October 13. Winners will receive a cash award.

Student Travel Reimbursement

Undergraduate and graduate students can be reimbursed for their travel expenses to the Fall Symposium.  You do not need to be a member of ACS, NCAC or SOT to receive reimbursement.  To receive reimbursement, please send the monetary total of your travel and parking expenses along with any receipts you may have, your name and your address to Dr. D. Charles Thompson ([email protected]) so that your reimbursement can be processed.  Receipts for travel expenses are greatly appreciated (to the extent that they are available); however, they are not required to receive reimbursement.


Tentative Agenda for the Joint NCAC-SOT/CSW Fall 2017 Symposium

Time Topic Speaker
8:30-9:00 AM Registration opens
9:00-9:15 AM Opening Remarks Meg Whittaker (NCAC-SOT Vice President)

Jen Tanir (CSW Secretary)

9:15-9:45 AM Implementing New Reforms to TSCA – Advancing Agency Processes for Chemical Prioritization and Risk Evaluation Nancy B. Beck (Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. EPA,)
9:45-10:15 AM The Effect of TSCA Reform on New and Existing Chemicals: EPA Review, Regulation, and Testing Requirements Richard Engler (Bergeson & Campbell PC Senior Chemist)
10:15-10:45 AM Break
10:45-11:15 AM TSCA Reform: The Importance of Staying True to Best Available Science to Ensure the Safety of Chemicals on or Entering the Market Jennifer Sass (Natural Resources Defense Council Senior Scientist)
11:15 -11:45 AM Three Speaker Panel Q&A Chair: Meg Whittaker
11:45 AM-1:15 PM Lunch and Student/Post-Doc Poster Session
1:15-2:00 PM On the Utility of EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) in Assessing the Effectiveness of Industrial Green Chemistry Practices, and TRI’s Role in Support of TSCA, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act Steve DiVito (U.S. EPA Toxics Release Inventory Senior Scientist)
2:00-2:45 PM Advancing Risk Assessment Methods and Practices in the Implementation of New TSCA Tala Henry (Director, Risk Assessment Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, U.S. EPA)
2:45-3:15 PM Break
3:15-4:00 PM The New TSCA – Enhancing Transparency, Objectivity and Consistency in the Risk Assessment Process Kimberly White (American Chemistry Council Chemical Products and Technology Division Senior Director)
4:00-4:30 PM Group Panel Q&A Chair: Jen Tanir
4:30 PM Wrap-up

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