James V. Aidala
Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs
 

 
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EDUCATION:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972-1973

AB & AM, Brown University, 1976

Doctoral Program Studies, Harvard University, 1976-1979

 
RANKINGS & RECOGNITION:

Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University, 1976

Lester Ward Prize, Brown University, 1976

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Harvard University, 1976-1979

 

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Jim Aidala is a Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®) and a critical ally for any client addressing chemical policy, legislative, and related issues. He has been intimately involved with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) legislative reauthorization and key regulatory matters for over two decades. Mr. Aidala brings extensive legislative experience on Capitol Hill and past experience as the senior official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for pesticide and chemical regulation, and provides clients with vital insights into not only relevant current policies of EPA and sister agencies, but also the way these policies have been or are likely to be formulated to help clients more successfully address regulatory matters. This unmatched wealth of experience allows him to explain, interpret, and predict EPA policies to help clients resolve or address their issues.

Previous to joining Acta, he was former Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances (OPPTS) (now the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention). As Associate Assistant Administrator for OPPTS, he led the team responsible for legislative drafting of the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act.

Representative Engagements:

  • Successfully sought EPA's written clarification of policy interpretation, which saved a client over $900,000 in a commercial dispute between pesticide registrants.
  • Convinced EPA that its interpretation of certain food tolerance requirements was incorrect, which otherwise would have eliminated all uses of a client’s product. The product continues to be available on the market today.

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