Tanenbaum Keale LLP partner Heather Russell Fine will present at the IADC 2020 Midyear Meeting, which is being held February 22-27 in Pebble Beach, California.

Fine will be a part of a panel that will provide an examination of the EPA’s new framework of procedures for risk assessment of chemicals in the 21st century. The panel will discuss the status of the process to date, including decisions undertaken and effects of such actions on defending toxic tort matters in the future.

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the EPA evaluates potential risks from new and existing chemicals and acts to address any unreasonable risks chemicals may have on human health and the environment, which includes much needed improvements in the area of risk-based chemical assessments.

In December 2019, the EPA officially announced the 20 high-priority chemicals that will undergo formal risk evaluation under the amended TSCA. The purpose of the risk evaluations is to determine whether a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk to health or the environment under the conditions of use, including an unreasonable risk to a relevant potentially exposed or susceptible sub-population.