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By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton
 
Effective May 21, 2021, Yvette T. Collazo has resigned as the Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). Collazo began as OPPT Director in March 2020. During her tenure, OPPT’s accomplishments include:

  • Publishing final risk evaluations for the first ten chemicals reviewed under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and initiating the risk evaluation process for the next 20 high-priority chemicals;
  • Beginning risk management activities for the first ten chemicals, including public engagement and consultations with tribal and environmental justice communities;
  • Issuing final rules to reduce exposures to five persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals;
  • Proposing revisions to the TSCA fees rule;
  • Increasing transparency by conducting and updating data on TSCA Confidential Business Information reviews, publishing updated 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) information, updating the TSCA Inventory, and making additional information on new chemical submissions available in ChemView;
  • Recognizing significant stakeholder achievements through the 2020 Safer Choice and Green Chemistry Awards;
  • Re-organizing OPPT to align new chemicals, existing chemicals, confidential information/transparency, and “forward-looking” data collection functions structurally; and
  • Establishing an Office for Project Management and Operations that is intended to manage effectively and efficiently the TSCA Program.

More information on these developments is available on our website in our TSCA memoranda.


 

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton
 
Effective March 29, 2020, Yvette T. Collazo will be the new Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT).  Ms. Collazo previously worked for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where she led activities related to federal contracts and agreements of more than $250 million for the cleanup of radiological, industrial, and groundwater hazards resulting from decades of nuclear material production at DOE’s Savannah River facility.  Ms. Collazo also served as Senior Advisor and Director for the Office of Technology Innovation and Development at DOE’s Office of Environmental Management.  In this capacity, she led the identification and advancement of technologies, processes, and technical practices that improved the performance of waste processing, groundwater and soil, facility decontamination and decommissioning, and nuclear materials projects over their life cycles, from planning to disposal.  Starting in 2013, Ms. Collazo served as District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands District Office.  As District Director, she was responsible for the delivery of the SBA’s financial assistance, business counseling, entrepreneurial training, and federal contracting programs throughout the District.  Ms. Collazo has a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus.

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