Pesticide & Chemical Regulation

ZAG-S&W’s U.S. lawyers have a first-rate track record in understanding and helping clients to meet their obligations with regards to key chemical regulatory programs, including under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), California’s “Prop 65” and comparable international and state programs.

Clients not only benefit from our environmental lawyers but also the vast expertise of our staff scientists that can assist with chemical regulatory and exposure matters, including in connection with agricultural chemicals, aldrin/dieldrin, PCBs, dioxins, lead and asbestos.

We have one of the premier groups advising U.S. and international pesticide companies on state and federal regulatory, transactional, litigation and enforcement matters. For example, we represented numerous clients in multimillion-dollar negotiations and arbitrations addressing the compensation due for reliance upon pesticide data previously filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Our clientele includes pesticide producers, distributors, retailers and trade associations, as well as foreign companies trying to enter the U.S. market, such as generic agricultural chemical companies, including the first Indian and Korean companies to be awarded a technical registration by the U.S. EPA. On behalf of the phosphate fertilizer industry along the lower Mississippi River, we obtained one of the few rulings from U.S. EPA that withdrew a water pollution effluent guideline, thus allowing for a tailored solution to discharges of gypsum.

  • Represented generic agricultural chemical companies entering the U.S. market (including the first Indian and Korean companies to be awarded a technical registration by the U.S. EPA), involving data compensation negotiations and arbitrations, business strategy, and product defense
  • Represented numerous clients in multi-million dollar negotiations and arbitrations addressing the compensation due for reliance upon pesticide data previously filed with EPA
  • Represented clients in federal and state pesticide enforcement matters, including negotiation of state consent order providing for a significantly reduced penalty and establishing a precedential environmental benefit project to underwrite the collection and environmentally sound disposal of waste pesticides
  • Designed and supervised audit of pesticide compliance for client holding in excess of 100 pesticide registrations
  • Obtained for clients the first registration of insect-repellent fabric for use in commercially-available outdoor activity apparel
  • On behalf of the phosphate fertilizer industry along the lower Mississippi River, obtained one of the few rulings from U.S. EPA that withdrew a water pollution effluent guideline, thus allowing for a tailored solution to discharges of gypsum

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