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Greenberg Traurig Releases New Episode of Legal Environmental Insights Podcast, ‘Bringing New Disinfectants to Market: A Primer on FIFRA Dos and Don’ts’

WASHINGTON – April 7, 2021 – Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP released a new episode of the Legal Environmental Insights Podcast titled “Bringing New Disinfectants to Market: A Primer on FIFRA Dos and Don'ts.”

In this latest episode, Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Bernadette Rappold and her guest, Travis Kline, Geosyntec’s Senior Principal Toxicologist, discuss the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Listen as they offer tips and pointers for bringing disinfectants to market – especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss what to avoid and provide suggestions for navigating the highly data-dependent steps involved in this complex regulatory process of registration, permits, labeling, testing, and application submission. 

Bernadette Rappold focuses her practice on federal and state regulatory issues related to manufacturing, energy, and the environment. She has substantial litigation experience and advises clients on regulatory compliance as well as the environmental, safety, and health aspects of numerous business and real estate transactions, including water, air, and chemical hazards. Bernadette offers clients perspective gained through years of service at the Environmental Protection Agency. While serving as a director of the Special Litigation and Projects Division in the Office of Civil Enforcement at the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Bernadette led complex enforcement actions in response to violations of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and other environmental statutes. Her work at the EPA covered a variety of economic and industrial sectors including the oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and agriculture industries.

Travis Kline, MEM, BCES, a board-certified environmental toxicologist with Geosyntec, has experience in litigation support developing novel approaches and solutions to the characterization of problematic exposures. Travis consults with specialty chemical manufacturers to address TCSA requirements, product development challenges, pesticide registrations under federal and state programs (e.g., FIFRA) and data gap assessments, with specialized expertise in plasticizer and phthalate exposure, focusing on endocrine disruption and reproductive/developmental endpoint assessment. Travis is also active on consumer product safety assessments, including Prop. 65 hazard assessments, SDS development, and product stewardship services (e.g., Hazard and Safety Assessments, Regulatory Review, GSH Classification, CPSC labeling). Travis authored the first state- or federally-promulgated Alternative Assessment Report for bisphenol-A and his work on behalf of Eastman Chemical Company to clarify neurotoxicological implications and respiratory sensitization for a non-orthophthalate plasticizer was nominated for a Presidential Green Chemistry Award.

Legal Environmental Insights is available on the Greenberg Traurig website, as well as on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Environmental Practice: Greenberg Traurig’s Environmental Practice assists clients with issues under the environmental and natural resource laws that affect their businesses. The firm’s environmental attorneys assist with securing permits and approvals; negotiating and closing transactions; defending clients in enforcement actions; handling a broad range of environmental and toxic tort litigation; ensuring the understanding and satisfaction of regulatory requirements; preparing for and respond to emergencies; crafting approaches for legacy cleanup issues; and developing solutions for product regulation, market access, and environmental policy challenges. Greenberg Traurig received a first-tier ranking in the “Environmental Law” and “Litigation — Environmental” categories in the U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2020 “Best Law Firms” report.

About Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT), has approximately 2200 attorneys in 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certified. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law