U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Proposed Regulatory Actions on Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Webinar

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On April 11, EPA proposed a number of new actions on EtO to require more stringent emissions standards and additional worker protections. EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention released a Proposed Interim Decision (PID) that indicates they will consider proposing a phased cancellation of EtO use on specific spices/commodities without documentation showing that alternatives are not viable and the need for EtO is critical to food safety, as well as additional controls to protect worker safety. Additionally, EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation has released proposed revisions to a second residual risk and technology review for Ethylene Oxide Emissions Standards for Sterilization Facilities: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants to regulate room air emissions, modify standards, and require new reporting processes. 

This informative webinar delves into the potential impacts of the recently proposed actions on the spice industry.

June 7
2:00 pm ET
Susan Bartow, Chemical Review Manager, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs
Jonathan Witt, Environmental Engineer, EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards

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Susan Bartow
Chemical Review Manager, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs

Susan Bartow has worked for EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs as a Chemical Review Manager for 16 years. During that time, she has worked on a range of challenging risk management and label implementation issues for various pesticides. Prior to working for EPA, Susan worked in the private sector for 10 years as a contractor to EPA’s Office of Water and to the US Army Corps of Engineers. Susan has extensive experience in nonpoint source water pollution control under the Clean Water Act and with conducting environmental assessments on US military installations under the National Environmental Policy Act. Susan holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Ithaca College and a Master’s in Environmental Management degree from Duke University. When not working, Susan enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks outdoors with her dog, Gracie.

Jonathan Witt
Environmental Engineer, EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS)

Jonathan Witt is an Environmental Engineer in the EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS). OAQPS is responsible for managing the United States’ ambient air quality and air toxics programs. Jonathan serves as the project lead for EPA’s review of the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) for Ethylene Oxide Sterilization. Prior to joining OAQPS in 2016, Jonathan worked for three years as an independent contractor in EPA’s Office of Research of Development. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University and is licensed as a professional engineer in North Carolina.