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CEC Chemicals Management Forum
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When:
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 to
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Where:

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Status: Open to the publicon the basis of space available

Reducing risk from chemicals that can harm human health and the environment requires international cooperation, since many of these chemicals move across national borders, either through international commerce or as emissions that can travel long distances through the air and water. North America has taken this challenge seriously through a trilateral Sound Management of Chemicals (SMOC) initiative coordinated by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).

The CEC Chemicals Management Forum is a unique opportunity to get involved in this initiative by sharing information and strengthening linkages between regional, national and international chemicals management efforts, while addressing chemical risks as an important element in protecting, sustaining and restoring the health of people, communities and ecosystems in North America.

Day One: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - Crystal Ballroom, second floor

Time Topic

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Registration

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome, Forum Objectives & Agenda Review

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Keynote Speaker - Jim Jones, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. EPA

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9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Presentation time
45 minutes

National Chemicals Management Programs in Canada, the United States & Mexico

CEC Sound Management of Chemicals (SMOC) Working Group Representatives from Canada, the United States, and Mexico will provide an overview of key features and highlighted initiatives from national chemicals management programs.  Speakers will also discuss how national chemicals management priorities inform current regional activities under SMOC.

Speakers: 

  • Barbara Cunningham, Deputy Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and Chair of the SMOC Working Group of the CEC

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  • Margaret Kenny, Director General, Chemicals Sector, Environment Canada and Member of the SMOC Working Group of the CEC

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  • Suzanne Leppinen, Director, Chemicals Policy Bureau, Safe Environments Directorate, Health Canada and Member of the SMOC Working Group of the CEC
  • Mauricio Limón Aguirre, Undersecretary of Management for Environmental Protection, Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat)

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11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Break

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Presentation time
45 minutes

North American Perspectives on the Sound Management of Chemicals

Speakers from stakeholder groups in Mexico, Canada, and the United States will present activities and perspectives related to the sound management of chemicals in North America. The session will also include a panel discussion with stakeholders and SMOC WG members.

Speakers: 

  • Laurie Chan, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Toxicology and Environmental Health, Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics, University of Ottawa

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  • Cristina Cortinas de Nava, Chair of the Queretaro Waste Management Network and Member of the National Advisory Committee for the Sound Management of Chemicals, Persistent Organic Pollutants and Hazardous Waste under International Environmental Conventions, Mexican NGO representative

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  • Michael Lefenfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer,  SiGNa Chemistry, Inc.

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Panel Members: 

  • Barbara Cunningham, U.S. EPA
  • Margaret Kenny, Environment Canada
  • Suzanne Leppinen, Health Canada
  • Eduardo Enrique González Hernández, Semarnat

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch - Yellow Rose/Blue Bonnet/Magnolia Rooms, second floor

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Presentation time
20 minutes

Overview of the CEC Sound Management of Chemicals Program

This presentation on the CEC Sound Management of Chemicals Program will help set the stage for subsequent discussions of SMOC activities and results.  The session will provide general background on the SMOC program, summary of SMOC strategic plan objectives, and overview of the current workplan.

Speaker: Ned Brooks, Program Manager, Chemicals Management, Commission for Environmental Cooperation

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2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Presentation time
45 minutes

General Chemical Data Issues

Members of the SMOC Chemical Inventory Team will present SMOC activities related to chemical data reporting and management.  Topics include national chemicals inventories and comparison of chemicals data among the three countries. 

Speakers: 

  • Leonor Cedillo Becerril, Director of Chemical Research and Ecotoxicological Risk, National Institute of Ecology (INE-Semarnat) and Chair of the Chemical Inventory Team of the SMOC project

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  • Laura Nazef, U.S. EPA

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3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Break

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Presentation time
45 minutes

Implementation of Risk Reduction Strategies

This session will provide an overview of SMOC activities related to implementation of risk reduction strategies for specific chemicals, including mercury, dioxins/furans/hexachlorobenzene (HCB), lindane, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). 

Speakers: 

  • Beatriz Cardenas, Director of Air Pollution Monitoring and Characterization, National Institute of Ecology (INE-Semarnat) and co-Chair of the Dioxins, Furans and Hexachlorobenzene Task Force of the SMOC project

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  • Jesús Ignacio López Olvera, Deputy Director of Transboundary Movements, Semarnat and Chair of the Mercury Task Force of the SMOC project

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  • Arturo Gavilan García, Deputy Director of Chemical Studies, National Institute of Ecology (INE-Semarnat) and Chair of the PBDE Team of the SMOC Project

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4:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Summary and Close of Day

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Evening Reception - Yellow Rose Room/Gunter Terrace, second floor

Day Two: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - Crystal Ballroom, second floor

Time Topic

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM

Recap of Day One and Agenda Review for Day Two

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Presentation time
45 minutes

Transparency, Risk Communication & Stakeholder Engagement

In this session, speakers from a variety of stakeholder groups will discuss examples of efforts and tools to promote transparency and effective risk communication. A panel discussion with SMOC WG Members will focus on ideas to enhance stakeholder engagement in SMOC activities. 

Speakers: 

Panel members:

  • SMOC WG Members

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Break

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

 

Presentation time
45 minutes

Environmental Monitoring & Assessment

Representatives from the SMOC Environmental Monitoring & Assessment Standing Committee (EM&A SC) will present an overview of Mexico’s PRONAME Program and other EM&A activities, including monitoring results.  Panelists will discuss how the program complements other national, regional, and international monitoring efforts. This session will also cover SMOC chemical-specific monitoring activities (for example, dioxins & furans or mercury), as appropriate.

Speakers: 

  • Ana Patricia Martinez Bolívar, Director of Air Monitoring Research and Analytical Pollutant Characterization, National Institute of Ecology (INE-Semarnat) and Chair of the EM&A Standing Committee of the SMOC project
  • Nicole Davidson, Director, Emerging Priorities, Science and Risk Assessment, Environment Canada and co-Chair of the EM&A Standing Committee of the SMOC project
  • Ana Corado, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Assistance Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, U.S. EPA and co-Chair of the EM&A Standing Committee of the SMOC project

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11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Lunch - Yellow Rose/Blue Bonnet/Magnolia Rooms, second floor

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Fostering Innovative Approaches to Promote Sustainability

Part One: Examples of Innovative Approaches

Panelists will discuss their experiences implementing innovative approaches, such as green chemistry, alternatives assessments, and design of more sustainable products, to promote sustainability.  Speakers will share their observations about models that have worked and/or challenges faced in promoting and implementing innovative approaches to sound chemicals management in North America.

Speakers: 

  • Leonora Rojas Bracho, General Director of Urban and Regional Pollution Research, National Institute of Ecology (INE-Semarnat) and Member of the SMOC Working Group

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  • Michael G. Szarka, Director, Commercial Development, GreenCentre Canada

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  • Spencer Williams, Research Scientist, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

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  • Ruth Hull, Senior Scientist,  Intrinsik Inc, Mississauga, Ontario

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2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Break

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Fostering Innovative Approaches to Promote Sustainability

Part Two: Roundtable Discussion of Emerging Ideas to Advance the Sound Management of Chemicals

This session will expand on the ideas discussed during the previous session.  Roundtable participants will explore opportunities to apply lessons learned and replicate successful models for implementing innovative approaches to chemicals management and risk reduction.

Roundtable members:

  • Speakers from previous session
  • SMOC WG Members

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Forum Wrap-up

Ned Brooks
Program Manager, Chemicals Management
Phone: 514-350-4372
Fax: 514-350-4314
E-mail: nbrooks@cec.org

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