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Principles of Alternatives Assessment: How to Identify and Compare Chemical Hazards

Product Code - EHAU03
Speaker(s): Paul DeLeo, American Cleaning Institute, George Gigounas; DLA Piper; Jennifer McPartland, Environmental Defense Fund; Karl Palmer, California Department of Toxic Substances Control; Rachael Yourtz, DLA Piper; Patricia Rizzuto, Bloomberg BNA
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In the past few years alternatives assessment has been the new frontier in regulatory science and policy. There are prescriptive programs like REACH and the California Safer Consumer Products regulations as well as voluntary initiatives like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment’s program. There are also recommendations and toolboxes for practitioners, such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s meta-review and the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse’s Alternatives Assessment Guide. In addition, research on best practices is underway at the National Academy of Sciences and the ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute. It seems everyone has something to say about the best way to redesign products that may contain hazardous chemicals.

The webinar will examine upcoming requirements for alternatives assessment particularly those in the California regulations, and discuss strategies for companies faced with responding to regulatory obligations. The webinar also will explore practices companies can employ to keep themselves out of the regulatory cross-hairs.

Bloomberg BNA is proud to have a distinguished panel to discuss these cutting-edge topics:
Paul DeLeo, American Cleaning Institute
George Gigounas, DLA Piper
Jennifer McPartland, Environmental Defense Fund
Karl Palmer, California Department of Toxic Substances Control
Rachael Yourtz, DLA Piper
Patricia Rizzuto (Moderator), Bloomberg BNA

Educational Objectives:
•Learn the alternatives assessment process under the California Safer Consumer Products regulations
•Examine regulatory burdens and obligations associated with compliance
•Explore industry best practices under Principles for Alternatives Assessment
•Discuss voluntary initiatives and guidance for companies seeking to get ahead of regulations

Who Would Benefit From Attending This Program:
Attorneys for product manufacturers, environmental and product liability attorneys, product developers, sustainability and environmental consultants and managers, and product safety professionals.

Program Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: A general understanding of environmental and/or natural resource law.
CPE Delivery method: Group Internet-Based Live
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge & Applications
Recommended CPE credit: 1.5 credit
Anticipated CLE credits: 1.5 credits (may vary based on locations requested)

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In addition, you’ll receive:
Personal attention. Once you’ve registered, send your questions in advance to and they’ll be included in the program. You’ll also have a chance to ask your questions during the Webinar.
Follow-up materials. You need no materials upfront to follow along to our live conference. But Bloomberg BNA always issues a follow-up e-mail with contact information for our speakers as well as other materials related to the topic.
CLE and CPE credits will be available for this EHS Webinar.

Paul DeLeo, American Cleaning Institute, George Gigounas; DLA Piper; Jennifer McPartland, Environmental Defense Fund; Karl Palmer, California Department of Toxic Substances Control; Rachael Yourtz, DLA Piper; Patricia Rizzuto, Bloomberg BNA


Paul DeLeo, American Cleaning Institute
Paul DeLeo is Associate Vice President, Environmental Safety at the American Cleaning Institute. He focuses on science and policy related to the regulation of cleaning product ingredients. Prior to joining ACI in 2007, Paul worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for eight years where he was a regulator of the safety of food additive ingredients. His professional experience includes employment with private contractors evaluating the environmental safety of industrial chemicals and pesticides for government and industry clients. Paul’s academic background was in environmental engineering and science with a particular interest in environmental microbiology. He received a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a doctorate from Cornell University. 
George Gigounas, DLA Piper
George Gigounas is a partner at DLA Piper. The focus of his multi-faceted law practice is on business litigation and regulatory counseling. His litigation practice emphasizes corporate governance, business competition, and securities law, as well as industrial and environmental operations and toxics exposure. George’s regulatory practice encompasses a wide range of manufacturing and product compliance and liability issues at the federal and state levels. His business litigation experience includes a broad range of commercial litigation and corporate investigations. George also provides counsel on compliance with product safety laws and regulations, particularly regarding the Consumer Product Safety Act. He is a member of the California bar.
Jennifer McPartland, Environmental Defense Fund
Dr. Jennifer McPartland is a health scientist in the Environmental Defense Fund’s environmental health program. She focuses on advancing policy and market solutions to protect human health and the environment from toxic chemicals. Among other projects, Jennifer supports EDF’s efforts to reform the Toxics Substances Control Act; leads EDF’s engagement in federal efforts to advance new chemical testing approaches and adopt systematic review; and actively participates in partnerships with businesses to promote the use of safe chemicals in consumer products. Before her arrival at EDF, Jennifer was the 2009-2010 American Society for Microbiology/American Association for the Advancement of Science congressional fellow working in the office of Congresswoman Diana DeGette. While in the DeGette office, Jennifer focused primarily on health and consumer issues ranging from direct-to-consumer genetic testing and food safety to chemicals policy reform. Prior to entering the policy realm, Jennifer was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago, elaborating upon her graduate studies in defining virus-host interactions. Jennifer received a BS in chemistry with a specialization in biochemistry from the University of Virginia.
Karl Palmer, California Department of Toxic Substances Control
Karl Palmer is the manager of the Safer Consumer Products Branch at California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control. He is responsible for DTSC’s efforts to implement pollution prevention programs, supporting local Green Business Programs and helping lead the department’s efforts to expand pollution prevention efforts, green chemistry strategies and sustainability initiatives throughout California. While at DTSC, Karl has provided technical support and policy development for the adoption of hazardous waste regulations. He also has worked in each of DTSC’s core programs performing a wide variety of work including site assessments and inspections of hazardous waste sites, conducting investigations at state superfund sites, and coordinating HAZMAT support at major chemical spills and natural disasters. He holds a B.S. in Resource Sciences from the University of California, Davis. 
Rachael Yourtz, DLA Piper
Rachael Yourtz is an associate at DLA Piper. She is developing her litigation practice specifically in the areas of complex commercial litigation and product liability. She is a member of the California bar.  

Patricia Rizzuto
, Bloomberg BNA
Patricia Rizzuto covers chemicals, risk assessment, toxicology, and related sciences at Bloomberg BNA, where she has worked on these and waste issues for 13 years. Special features she has written include a special report documenting that EPA spent less than 1 percent of its 2008 enforcement budget enforcing core provisions of the Toxic Substances Control Act and another special report exploring the dynamic that has prompted the U.S. to negotiate for and sign nearly a dozen multilateral environmental treaties but ratify none. She received a bachelor’s in communications from Juniata College in Huntington, Pa.