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Erik Baptist Discusses Post-Election Policy Outlook for Chemicals Industry

Chemical Watch
November 13, 2020

Erik C. Baptist, partner in Wiley’s Environment & Product Regulation Practice, was quoted by Chemical Watch in an article about the post-election outlook for policies related to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is likely to take a broader approach toward TSCA risk evaluations under the new Administration, according to the article – which was based on a November 10 Chemical Watch podcast featuring Mr. Baptist.

“I think there are going to be significant changes both in the review and approval of new chemicals, and then also how the EPA approaches its risk evaluations for existing chemicals,” Mr. Baptist said during the podcast. “Companies need to be more engaged and prepared to fully inform EPA of their uses” of chemicals.

It’s also reasonable to expect more rules and orders requiring information and data to support the EPA’s ongoing TSCA risk evaluations, he said, adding that this would have been likely “regardless of who won the election.” Mr. Baptist previously served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Law and Policy in the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, and as Senior Deputy General Counsel in the EPA’s Office of General Counsel.

To read the article, click here (subscription required). To listen to the podcast, click here.

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