Squire Sanders Environmental, Safety & Health attorney Steve Owens, who served as Assistant Administrator of the US EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) in the Obama Administration from July 2009 until November 2011, testified today at the US Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works hearing on chemical regulation issues and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca), the full Committee hearing titled “Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats,” commenced at 9:30am EDT. In addition to Steve, notable witnesses include Michael A. Troncoso, Senior Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, California; H. Michael Dorsey, Chief, Homeland Security and Emergency Response, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection; Daniel Rosenberg, Senior Attorney, Natural Resource Defense Council; and Linda Fisher, Vice President of Safety, Health and Environment and Chief Sustainability Officer; DuPont. View the webcast and full list of witnesses.

The hearing addressed a wide range of issues relating to chemical regulation and health and environmental issues, including S. 1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, which was introduced in May by the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Senator David Vitter (R-La), and is co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of Senators. Read Steve’s full-statement in support for the bill.

As the US EPA Assistant Administrator in charge of OCSPP, Steve Owens oversaw US EPA’s chemical management program and the agency’s implementation of TSCA. Steve was involved in the development of the Obama Administration’s principles for TSCA reform.