Invited Presentations on Chemical Management Policy

ACS Meeting, Washington, DC, August 15, 2009

In 2009 the committee recognized a growing national and international interest in effective chemicals management policy. They convened this panel of speakers to explore the current dialog on chemicals management with and to represent several different views on the topic.

Biographies of the invited panelists and links to pdf copies of their presentation slides appear below.

Chemical Control Law Reform: Where Are We and How Did We Get Here?
Ernie Rosenberg
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Soap and Detergent Association

Ernie Rosenberg joined the Soap and Detergent Association in November 1999 as its President and became its CEO in 2003. He has been a senior environmental, health and safety manager both in government and the private sector since 1975, beginning his work on chemical management as the chief of the new chemical (premanufacture) review program under the Toxic Substances Control Act and Acting Deputy Director of the Chemical Control Division.

After leaving EPA and until becoming SDA’s President, he held senior positions in environmental management in the private sector, including serving as Occidental Petroleum’s Washington Vice President for Health, Environment and Safety.

Ernie has chaired, co-chaired or founded numerous industry coalitions and association committees, including participation in the founding of the Global Environmental Management Initiative. He is a frequent speaker on environmental issues who has authored, co-authored or contributed to many journal articles and books.

He now chairs the International Product Policy Work Group of the U.S. Council for International Business and, in that capacity, has represented the International Chamber of Commerce and OECD’s Business and Industry Advisory Committee in negotiations for the UN’s Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Chemicals Dialogue.

He serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association and the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations. He previously served on the boards of the Alliance for Chemical Awareness and the Environmental Law Institute. In the past, he also was on the Corporate Council of Resources for the Future.

Ernie has a J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester. He lives with his wife, Karen, in McLean, Virginia.

SDA is the home of the cleaning products and oleochemical industries in the United States. Its has over 100 member companies, representing over 90 percent of the cleaning products industry and including both the producers of finished products and the suppliers of ingredients, intermediates and finished packaging. SDA is also the trade association for oleochemicals sold in the United States, whether for use in cleaning products or for other purposes.

Chemicals Policy: Principles for TSCA Modernization
Gregory G. Bond, Ph.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E.
Corporate Director of Product Responsibility
Dow Chemical Company

Greg Bond is Corporate Director of Product Responsibility for The Dow Chemical Company. He is based in Midland, Michigan.

In this position, Greg provides leadership for Dow's product stewardship programs globally, including experts who ensure Dow's products are safe for their intended use and comply with all regulatory and Dow requirements He also directs Dow's Toxicology & Environmental Research and Consulting (TERC) organization which provides testing, research and consultative services for Dow's businesses.

Greg obtained a Ph.D. in Epidemiology after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and a Masters degree in Public Health, all from the University of Michigan. He joined Dow as an epidemiologist in 1979. In 1991, he moved to the product stewardship area and was appointed Global Director of Product Stewardship in 1995 and director of TERC in 1998. From March, 2006 until December 1, 2008, Greg held the additional role of Asia Pacific EH&S Director and was based in Shanghai, People's Republic of China.

Greg has published more than sixty peer-reviewed journal articles on epidemiology research and product stewardship. In 1988, he was elected a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology. He has served as an advisor to various government agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Cancer Institute, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registries, the Centers for Disease Control, and others. For 3 years, Greg chaired the American Chemistry Council's Health, Product and Science Policy Team and played a key leadership role in the development of a number of key product stewardship initiatives (e.g., US EPA High Production Chemical Challenge, and the Global Product Strategy). He was also Vice Chairman of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers, the leading chemical industry association in China.

Greg is currently co-chairing the International Council of Chemical Association's Chemicals Policy and Health Leadership Group which is working to improve the product safety performance of the global chemical industry, its reputation and strengthen science and risk-based chemicals management legislation and regulation throughout the world. He is also currently a member of the Dean's Advisory Board for the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.

Principles for a New U.S. Chemical Policy
Daryl W. Ditz, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Advisor, Chemicals Program
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Daryl Ditz is Senior Policy Advisor in the Chemical Program at the nonprofit Center for International Environmental Law in Washington, DC. Over the past 25 years, he has worked at the state, federal and international levels on a range of environmental issues including chemicals management, pollution prevention, and public right-to-know.

Daryl is an active contributor to efforts to reform U.S. federal policy on chemicals and participated in campaigns around passage and implementation of REACH, the European chemicals law. In 2007-2008 he served on the Science Advisory Panel to California's Green Chemistry Initiative. From 2004-2006 he coordinated a national campaign for U.S. ratification of the Stockholm treaty on persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

Previously Daryl led business engagement for the World Wildlife Fund's Global Toxics Program with a special focus on Europe. He established the India Program at the Environmental Law Institute and organized research, workshops and other programs for judges, activists, and other professionals n the U.S. and Asia.

Daryl is the author of numerous publications and co-editor of two books: Frontiers of Sustainability and Green Ledgers: Case Studies in Corporate Environmental Accounting. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.