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Jim Jones, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Will Share EPA’s Approach to Chemicals Safety to Adhesive and Sealant Leaders
January 15, 2013 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces that Jim Jones, Deputy Assistant Administrator of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will speak at the upcoming ASC Spring Convention being held April 21-23, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA.
Mr. Jones will share the EPA’s approach to chemicals management and pollution prevention, an area he oversees as part of the senior leadership team for the EPA, during a luncheon keynote to be held on Tuesday, April 23.
In March 2012, the EPA announced a comprehensive approach to enhancing its existing chemicals management program plans through the identification of a work plan of 83 chemicals for further assessment under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Seven of these chemicals were identified for risk assessment in 2012 with draft assessments for the first five issued last week. The Agency has scheduled 18 more of these chemicals for assessment in 2013 and 2014. The assessments for the remaining 58 chemicals are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
“It’s critically important to hear directly from our Nation’s regulatory agency leadership on what is on their regulatory agenda in order for industry to properly resource and plan for the ripple effects that always occur,” notes Matthew E. Croson, ASC’s President. “We are extremely pleased that Mr. Jones has accepted our invitation and will share the Agency’s view on managing chemicals, risk assessment and prioritization; we look forward to listening and learning from Mr. Jones when we addresses our industry in April.”
In January 2012, President Obama nominated Jim Jones to be the Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). The nomination is currently pending in the U.S. Senate. At this time, Jones is the Acting Assistant Administrator of OCSPP. He is responsible for managing the office which implements the nation’s pesticide, toxic chemical, and pollution prevention laws. The office has an annual budget of approximately $260 million and more than 1,300 employees.
From April through November 2011, Jones served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.
From January 2007 until April 2011, Jones served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for OCSPP, including six months as Acting Assistant Administrator. From 2003-2007, he served as the Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs. In this role he was responsible for the regulation of pesticides in the United States with a budget of approximately $150 million and 850 employees, making it the largest EPA Headquarters’ program office.
Jones’ career with EPA spans more than 24 years. He has an M.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a B.A. from the University of Maryland, both in Economics.
Information about ASC’s Spring Convention and EXPO can be found at www.ascouncil.org. Registration for the event is open to all ASC members, and industry professionals. The event is expected to draw more than 450 attendees, and will include more than 45 presentations and speakers over the 2.5 day event.
The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 124 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end users.
For more information about ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org.