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Public Meetings on the Enforceable Consent Agreement (ECA) Process

Background

All ECA negotiating meetings were open to the public. Although the public could comment throughout the process, only registered, interested parties could directly participate in ECA discussions. The plenary session was held on June 6, 2003 at EPA Headquarters in Washington D.C. Participants included all registered, interested parties, such as other federal and state agencies, industry, non-governmental organizations, and the public.

The plenary's purpose was to:

The technical workgroups were chartered by the plenary and tasked with addressing the technical aspects involved in the development of one or more proposals for developing data or with providing insight into the overarching topics for plenary consideration.

Discussions at the technical workgroup included working out the details of test methods, identifying a means to select test substances to include in proposed ECA testing programs, and other specifics related to the development of ECA proposals.

Technical workgroups tasked smaller "expert subgroups" to address specific technical and scientific issues and to establish drafting parties to develop products for discussion with the larger technical workgroups. Technical workgroup products, such as the reports, ECA proposal testing programs, and test methods, were submitted back to the plenary for consensus discussion and to ensure that all interested parties had the opportunity to participate in the PFOA- ECA process development discussions, even if they did not have the technical expertise to contribute effectively in the smaller technical workgroups and expert subgroups. The technical workgroup and expert subgroup meetings were intended to be technically oriented working meetings and as such they were inherently smaller than the plenary session.

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Schedule and Summaries of Past ECA Meetings

August 2003

Expert Subgroup Meetings:

September 2003

Expert Subgroup Meetings:

September 2003

Technical Workgroup Meetings:

October 2003

Expert Subgroup Meetings:

Technical Workgroup Meetings:

Third Plenary Session:

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December 2003

Technical Workgroup Meetings:

January 2004

Expert Subgroup Meetings:

Technical Workgroup Meetings:

Fourth Plenary Session:

February 2004

Expert Subgroup Meetings:

March 2004

Technical Workgroup Meetings:

Expert Subgroup Meetings:

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April 2004

Fifth Plenary Session:

Expert Subgroup Meetings:

May 2004

Expert Subgroup Meetings:

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June 2004

Technical Workgroup Meetings:

  • Telomer Technical Workgroup, June 9, 2004, 9:00-4:00, Room 4225, US EPA East Building, 1201 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

  • Fluoropolymer Technical Workgroup, June 23, 2004, 9:00-4:00, Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) conference room, Sixth Floor, 1801 K Street, NW, Washington, DC.


  • Sixth Plenary Session:

    July 2004

    Expert Subgroup Meetings:

    October 2004 Technical Workgroup Meetings:

    Seventh Plenary Session:

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    February 2005 Technical Workgroup Meetings:

    Eighth Plenary Session:

    April 2005

    Technical Workgroup Meetings:

    June 2005

    Ninth Plenary Session and Non-ECA PFOA Information Forum:

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