Keynote Speakers


EU REACH & US TSCA: Implementation Considerations

Presented By:

Mike Walls American Chemistry Council

MIKE WALLS is the Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs at the American Chemistry Council (ACC). In that capacity, Mike has a role in the Council’s policy development across the full range of ACC’s priority advocacy issues. Mike has experience in a wide range of U.S. domestic chemical regulatory issues, including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the policy and practice of chemical assessment. He was the chemical industry’s principal representative in discussions that led to the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act – the first significant amendments to TSCA since it was enacted in 1976, and the first amendments to a federal environmental statute in 25 years. Before joining the American Chemistry Council, Mike was in private law practice in Washington, D.C., and served on the staff of U.S. Senator Jim Sasser.

Update on Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II)

Presented By:

Nella Baerents Arizona Chemical, a Kraton Company

NELLA BAERENTS is Global Sustainability Policy Director and works for Arizona Chemical in the Netherlands. Nella is responsible of managing Arizona Chemical's sustainability policy and public affairs activities globally. She has Master’s degree on Forestry at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Having worked in the field of public affairs, sustainable use of renewable raw materials, bio-economy and resource efficiency including waste management over 10 years, she has built an in-depth knowledge on the European and U.S. legislative decision making processes, sustainability and of bio-based industries. Furthermore, Nella has vast experience in development, implementation and control of policies and regulations in these fields.

Environmental Regulations and Sustainability Initiatives-Role of Science and NCASI

Presented By:

Ashok Jain National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI)

ASHOK JAIN is the Director for Membership Development and Special Projects at NCASI. Ashok received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Kanpur in 1969. Following his undergraduate studies, he came to the US and earned an M.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.E. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida. He joined NCASI in 1973 as a research engineer and has spent his entire career there. He has authored and/or co-authored over 50 publications, including NCASI technical bulletins, conference presentations, and journal articles. Ashok was selected a TAPPI Fellow in 2001 for his technical contributions.

Ashok will discuss the importance of data in the promulgation of federal and state environmental regulations and how NCASI’s role as a science-based organization has influenced regulations important to the forest products industry.