Toxicology and Societies Presents: The Chemical Regulations Landscape

An Overview of Regulations and Trends

A cog wheel with a red arrow and the word REGULATIONS fades to clear glass tubes and hand-written chemical equations.

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Online: Zoom



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Institute of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, The Foundation for WWU & Alumni


Check out this video to watch the The Chemical Regulations Landscape.

Over the last few years the chemical regulatory landscape in the United States, at both the federal and state level, has changed significantly. State legislatures have passed new laws that restrict certain chemicals in products, and agencies have written regulations that implement these laws. Alongside these regulatory developments, public stakeholders continue to take legal action against companies whose products allegedly contain restricted chemicals.

During this webinar, you will get a sense of how chemical regulations generally operate, and how their mechanisms have changed over the years. For example, where once legislators and regulatory agencies focused on the chemicals themselves, we see increase focus on restricting and regulating products that contain those chemicals. We will also discuss some of the litigation trends relating to restricted chemicals, such as what they allege and their outcomes.

More information about the speaker series is available, as are all past Toxicology and Societies recordings.


Kirstin Gruver is a light-skinned female with a warm smile, brown eyes, and long brown hair. She wears a colorful patterned shirt and black cardigan.

Kirstin Gruver, Speaker

Kirstin is an associate at Beveridge & Diamond, and environmental law firm with offices around the country. She advises clients in multiple industry sectors on product regulatory issues, as well as on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) disclosures. Product regulatory issues range from responsible sourcing to material restrictions on chemicals in products. Outside of work, Kirstin enjoys spending time on the trails and in the mountains.

Ruth Sofield is smiling. She is light-skinned, has blond hair, and wears glasses and a brown shirt with beige polka dots.

Ruth Sofield, Co-Host

Ruth Sofield is a Professor of environmental toxicology and chemistry in the College of the Environment. She received her PhD and MS in Environmental Science and Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Ruth's research group focuses on the effects of water and air pollution. Their current projects include the aquatic toxicity of microplastic and tire wear particles, and the use of moss as a biomonitoring tool for particulate matter. Ruth is a member of the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel and the President of the Pacific Northwest Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Tracy Collier is a light-skinned male, with short brown hair and wire-rimmed glasses. He is smiling faintly and wears a casual black polo shirt.

Tracy Collier, Co-Host

Tracy Collier received his PhD in Fisheries Sciences from the University of Washington. He has worked for over 45 years as a toxicologist, with more than 35 of those years spent at NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, where he served as the director of a science division that employed up to 100 people, covering several disciplines, including environmental toxicology, analytical chemistry, harmful algal blooms, and watershed processes. He has over 175 scientific publications, and currently is an affiliate faculty at Western.

Ian Moran is seated in a boat. He is smiling broadly, is light-skinned, has round glasses, and wears a life vest and protective gear.

Ian Moran, Co-Host

Ian Moran is a newly appointed Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Western Washington University. He conducted his PhD research at Oregon State University leveraging passive chemical samplers and embryonic zebrafish to investigate the occurrence, movement and toxicity of chemical mixtures at contaminated sites in Oregon and Alaska. As an alumnus of the College of the Environment Ian is excited to be back on campus to teach toxicology courses this year!

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The views expressed by our speakers do not necessarily reflect those of Western Washington University.