Chemicals Policy

Regulation of Chemicals: Science, Risk Assessment, and Public Policy

Overview

In 2016 Congress passed the first revision of a major environmental law since the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Large bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate passed modernization of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, a law named after the late Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.

Research by SPEA faculty and students helped make the case for a distinctive American approach to chemicals policy reform, one that is more based on risk than the European approach. SPEA research has compared U.S. and European practices and is now highly relevant to implementation of the new chemicals law. Here we describe the evolution of SPEA's work on chemicals policy, including work now underway.

Results from our research

Developed from the efforts of a multiyear, international project examining how persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals are evaluated and managed, Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic (PBT) Chemicals: Technical Aspects, Policies, and Practicesby Adam D.K. Abelkop, John D. Graham, and Todd V. Royer, focuses on improving the processes that govern PBTs. 

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Working Research Group

John D. Graham
Dean

grahamjd@indiana.edu
(812) 855-1432
SPEA 300

  • Government reform
  • Energy and the environment
  • The future of the automobile in both developed and developing countries
  • Presidential studies

Keith Belton
Director, Manufacturing Policy Initiative

kebelton@iu.edu
SPEA 233

  • Environment, health, and safety policy
  • Regulatory reform
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Chemical manufacturing industry

Zoltán Illés
Visiting Scholar

illesz@indiana.edu
SPEA 375N

  • Energy policy mainly focusing on renewable energy sources
  • Water management issues related to global climate change (resilience questions)
  • Environmental politics
  • Governmental reforms related to environmental institutions
  • Urban environment, mainly waste management issues

Todd V. Royer
Associate Professor

troyer@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0563
MSBII 426

  • Aquatic biogeochemistry
  • Water resources
  • Nutrient and carbon cycling in streams and rivers
  • Water quality and nutrient standards

Joseph Shaw
Associate Professor

joeshaw@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0732
SPEA 410

  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Environmental Genomics
  • Comparative Physiology