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25th Anniversary of EPCRA/TRI Webinar

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invite you to attend the 2012 TRI Webinar on January 26, 2012 from 2-4 pm (EST).  This Webinar, titled “The 25th Anniversary of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986” will celebrate the 25th anniversary of EPCRA, and more specifically, the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), which was created in large part to increase the public’s knowledge and access to information on toxic chemicals at individual facilities and releases of the chemicals into the environment.

The focus of the Webinar will be on background on EPCRA, an overview of the TRI program, information about significant EPCRA enforcement actions and settlements, and a look at future directions of the TRI program and how TRI has impacted regulatory programs in many countries around the world.

Featured speakers include Mike Walker, Director of the National Enforcement Training Institute and Steve Devito, a Senior Scientist with EPA’s TRI Program Division.


TopWebinar Video

The recording of the webinar is now available at the following link:  

Note:  The file is large so it may take a few moments to load.



To access the transcript of this webinar please click the following link: TRI Winter Webinar Transcript 26Jan2012


TopAgenda & Presentations


  1. Overview and Introductions- Bryan Shipley, TRI Project Manager, ECOS
  2. Webinar Logistics and Tips- Jen Major, Senior Associate, Ross Strategic
  3. EPCRA Enforcement:  Trends, Developments and the EPCRA Penalty Policy- Mr. Mike Walker, EPA
  4. The Toxics Release Inventory:  Past, Present, and Future Directions- Dr. Stephan Devito, EPA
  5. Live Q/A- participants type questions
  6. Contacts and Resources
  7. Wrap-up and Feedback- Jen Major, Senior Associate, Ross Strategic


Mr. Mike Walker, EPA

EPCRA Enforcement: Trends, Developments and the EPCRA Penalty Policy 

Dr. Stephen Devit0, EPA

The Toxics Release Inventory: Past, Present, and Future Directions


TopSpeaker Bios


Mike Walker serves as the Director of the National Enforcement Training Institute in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, U.S. EPA, Washington, D.C.  Mr. Walker has been involved in the litigation and negotiation of many high profile environmental enforcement actions since he began his career in EPA’s Chicago, IL, Regional office in 1979.  Mr. Walker is the author of numerous articles including: “High Stakes on a Fast Track: Administrative Enforcement at EPA,” “Introducing the Environmental Data Police,” “Attitude is Everything – Dealing With EPA’s Enforcement Program,”  “How to Handle Difficult Chemicals: The Unused Tool in EPA’s Chemical Toolbox -TSCA Section 7 of the Toxic Substances Control Act,” “Alternate Dispute Resolution in EPA Enforcement Proceedings,” The Use of the Toxic Release Inventory in Low Income and Minority Communities,”  and “EPCRA Citizen Suits: An Evolving Opus with a Discordant Note.”  Mr. Walker serves as Adjunct Professor of Law at  William & Mary College of Law teaching Natural Resources Law,  and at both the University of Toledo and Maryland School of Law,  where he teaches: “Federal Commercial Chemical Regulation: TSCA, FIFRA, EPCRA & RCRA.”


Steve was born and raised on Long Island, New York, is married and has two children.  He holds a Ph.D. degree and M.S. degree in Medicinal Chemistry, and a B.S. degree in Pharmacy (all from St. John’s University, New York City, NY).  Steve is an experienced pharmacist, and is licensed to practice pharmacy in New York and Virginia.

Steve joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1989 as a chemist in EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). Here he used his background in medicinal chemistry to characterize the chemistry, hazards and risks of new chemicals submitted to EPA as required prior to commercial marketing.  While in EPA’s OPPT Steve was extensively involved with the establishment of green chemistry as a new field of study to achieve sustainability. To this end he organized many scientific symposia related to green chemistry.  He is the founder of the Gordon Research Conference on Green Chemistry, and has served as vice chairperson and chairperson at these conferences.

Steve is currently a senior scientist in the U.S. EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program, where he provides scientific and other technical support, and has been directly involved in most of the TRI Program’s major rulemaking activities. Steve also coordinates all of the TRI Program’s international activities, and represents EPA in many international fora. He currently represents the EPA as a member of the North American Commission of Environmental Cooperation’s Pollutant Release and Transfer Registry Working Group.  He is both a member of the bureau of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) Pollutant Release and Transfer Registry Task Force, and an EPA representative on this OECD Task Force.

Steve is the recipient of many EPA awards and honors, has written three books, and has published many scientific articles and book chapters that deal primarily with the design of safer commercial chemicals as well as other areas of green chemistry and sustainability.   Steve has an active interest in U.S. military history.  In his spare time, Steve likes to look for Civil War artifacts near his home in Virginia.


TopWebinar Contacts

Bryan Shipley, ECOS at


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