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  • Budget includes one more Work Group meeting we could schedule for January, if needed.

MN Chemical Regulation and Policy, Work Group Meeting 10/5/11 MN Chemical Regulation and Policy, Work Group Meeting 10/5/11 Presentation Transcript

  • Minnesota Chemical Regulation and Policy Project
    Work Group Meeting
    October 5, 2011
  • Public Meeting Oct. 12
    5:00 Welcome and Introductions
    Project Background and Overview Draft Proposals
    5:30 Roundtable Discussions/Input Sessions
    Policy and Risk Management
    Science and Risk Assessment
    Green Chemistry
    6:30 Reconvene and Report Back
    7:00 Close
  • Oct. 12 Presentation Outline
    Environmental Initiative Intro (who we are)
    Project Background
    Phase I Outcomes (Opportunities)
    Phase II Charge
    Project Structure
    Intro to Draft Proposals
    Green Chemistry
  • Green Chemistry Proposal
    Recommendation: Create a Minnesota Green Chemistry Innovation Council by Governor’s Executive Order
    Increase economic development through the promotion of new Green Chemistry businesses in Minnesota;
    Improve the sustainability and access to markets of existing Minnesota businesses through Green Chemistry process improvements and product development.
    Function: Develop and recommend strategies to:
    Identify sources of funding and incentives;
    Promote collaboration and synergies between entities;
    Identify ways to align existing initiatives and interests;
    Raise public awareness of Minnesota Green Chemistry businesses and products.
    Structure: Cross-sector membership TBD to demonstrate public and private-sector leadership and engagement
  • Science and Risk Assessment Proposal
    Recommendation: Implement a project to test alternative risk assessment methodologies to improve risk assessment in MN
    Need: Identify and analyze new or underutilized risk assessment approaches enable better riskmanagement decision-making. Guiding principles and priorities for adopting new approaches include:
    increased precision and accuracy;
    decreased uncertainty;
    utilizing chemical mode of action information;
    accounting for cumulative risk;
    cost effectiveness and efficiency; and
    high level of confidence in the data and risk assessment conclusions by all stakeholders.
    Function: 2 Phases
    Phase 1 – inventory existing methods, data requirements, and relevant policy implications
    Phase 2 – test and analyze alternative methods (vs. standard approaches) against the guiding principles
    Structure: Assessment and analysis performed by a UMN graduate student with oversight and advisement from a cross-sector project advisory committee
  • Recommendation: Create a Chemical Science Advisory Panel (CSAP) for the State of Minnesota
    Need: provide a forum for scientific discussion and debate outside the policy realm
    Structure: 6 members from the scientific community appointed to serve on the panel with the ability to call in other experts as needed on an ad hoc basis
    Function: the CSAP will serve as an independent advisory body and will respond to specific requests (charges) from either the legislative or executive branch
    Policy and Risk Management Proposal
  • Pathway for inputs and outputs of the Chemical Science Advisory Panel (CSAP)
    Executive Branch
    60 days
    Full Report
    • 2/3 majority
    • Work plan
    • Budget
    • Timeframe
    • Ad hoc members
    • Screen for relevance/importance
    LAC viaLegislative Auditor
    Legislative Branch
    Committee Chair or Legislator
    Relevant to MN environment or population
    Disputed issue of science where independent review is helpful
  • Project Roadmap & Milestones
    October 12 – Public Input Meeting #15:00 – 7:00 pm; Wellstone Center, St. Paul
    October 26 – Work Group Meeting
    Review public input
    Revise and refine recommendations
    Further discussion of outreach and implementation plan
    November 16 – Work Group Meeting
    Revise and refine recommendations
    Review draft Final Report outline
    Prepare for Public Input Meeting (TBD)
    Date TBDStakeholder Input Meeting #2
    December 7 – Work Group Meeting
    Finalize and approve recommendations
    January 2012 – Final Report complete
  • Meeting Schedule & Locations
    October 12 Public Input Mtg – Wellstone Ctr
    October 26 Work Group Mtg – UROC
    November 16 Work Group Mtg – SPSC
    Date TBD: Stakeholder Input Group Meeting #2
    December 7 Work Group Mtg– UROC
  • Collaborative approach
    MN unique/appropriate
    Resource efficient/promote economic development
    Sound science
    Information, education, communications
    Major Themes from Phase I Opportunities