Martha E. Marrapese: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Martha E. Marrapese

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Control
  • Environmental
  • Fuels
  • Health and Safety Compliance Audit
  • International Regulatory Affairs
  • Nanotechnology Strategy, Regulation and Defense
  • Pesticides
  • Product Stewardship, Green Chemistry and Sustainability
  • Trade and Professional Associations
  • Workplace Safety and Health
University University of Vermont, B.S., 1984
Law SchoolCatholic University of America, J.D., 1991
Admitted1992, New Hampshire; 1994, District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court

Virginia Biotechnology Association
Biopesticides Industry Alliance
American National Standards Institute's Nanotechnology Standards Panel
U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 229 on Nanotechnologies


Martha Marrapese joined Keller and Heckman in 1992. Ms. Marrapese focuses on emerging technologies in the industrial chemicals, alternative energy, antimicrobial pesticides, plastic recycling and food sectors.

Ms. Marrapese facilitates the registration of emerging technologies in the global economy with a particular emphasis on biotechnology and nanotechnology applications. She has an expertise in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and its counterparts in Canada, the European Union, and China. She provides legal counsel related to EPA, FDA, and associated regulatory needs for bio-based products and their production platforms including yeast, algae, bacteria and plants.

Ms. Marrapese is the immediate past Chair of the Pesticide, Chemical Regulation and Right-to-Know Committee (PCRRTK) of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Energy, Environment and Resources (SEER). Through SEER, under Ms. Marrapese's leadership PCRRTK issued a series of legal briefing papers on TSCA Reform.

A recipient of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Next Generation Leadership and Service Award, Ms. Marrapese served as a U.S. delegate to the International Standards Organization (ISO) TC-229 Committee on Nanotechnologies from 2005-2013 and chaired Working Group 1 Nomenclature and Terminology, for the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to TC-229.

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Ms. Marrapese was on staff with the EPA's Solid Waste office, served as law clerk for administrative appeals to the Chief Judicial Officer of the EPA, and worked as a legislative aide for environmental matters on Capitol Hill during the Reagan Administration.

Mar 04, 2014 Martha Marrapese to Present at GlobalChem 2014
May 13, 2013 Keller and Heckman Partner and Advisory Board Member Martha Marrapese Encourages the Nanomanufacturing Community to Explore the Nanomaterial Registry
Apr 26, 2013 Martha Marrapese Will Take Part On the Small Business Environmental Roundtable Meeting on Toxic Substances Control Act
Nov 16, 2012 Martha Marrapese to Co-Host a Breakfast Briefing on Nanotechnology
Aug 09, 2012 Partner Martha Marrapese Appointed Chair of the ABA's Committee on Pesticide, Chemical Regulation and Right to Know
Jul 10, 2012 Partner Martha Marrapese to Participate in Algal Biofuels Panel Discussion at DOE's Annual Biomass Conference
Jul 02, 2012 Michael Novak, Eric Gotting, and Martha Marrapese Authored an Article for the ABA Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know Committee Newsletter

Apr 16, 2015 Webinar: TSCA Reform, Ready for Prime Time?
Sep 12, 2014 Science and Environmental Law Seminar - September 12, 2014 - Washington, DC
Mar 04, 2014 Martha Marrapese to Present at GlobalChem 2014
Jun 11, 2013 Registration is Closed - A Webinar on TSCA Modernization and The Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013
Nov 16, 2012 A Hill Breakfast Briefing on Nanotechnology
Sep 13, 2012 Registration is Closed - A Webinar focusing on The Committee Mark-up of Senator Frank Lautenberg's Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 - September 13, 2012
Apr 18, 2012 Registration is Closed - Practical Primer on Pesticides Seminar April 18-19, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Mar 13, 2015 TSCA Reform 2015: A Tale of Two Bills
Dec 01, 2014 Workplace Safety Guidance Information Resource: Highly Infectious Diseases
Oct 03, 2014 The Importance of Agricultural Biotechnology in the Response to the Effects of Climate Change
Sep 19, 2014 Senator Boxer Releases Confidential TSCA Reform Proposal
Sep 16, 2014 What Happens Next to Earthjustice's Demand for CBI Reassertion and Resubstantiation?
Aug 13, 2014 First Report for Denmark Nano Product Register is due August 30th, 2015
Jan 01, 2014 Microbial Products of Biotechnology


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Environmental Appeals Board Decision in the Elementis Case: What It Means For The "Continuing Violation" Doctrine Under The Statute of Limitations For TSCA Section 8(e) and EPA's Guidance Definition For "Corroborative Information"
Kelly V. Friend,Eric P. Gotting,Martha E. Marrapese,David G. Sarvadi, May 21, 2015
On March 13, 2015, the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) overturned a controversial decision issued by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in 2013. The ALJ held that Elementis Chromium (Elementis) failed to report to the U.S. Environmental Protecting Agency (EPA) a study on occupational exposure...

TSCA Reform 2015: A Tale of Two Bills
Martha E. Marrapese, March 27, 2015
On March 10, 2015, Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), David Vitter (R-LA), and a coalition of 15 additional democratic and republican Senators, introduced the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” (S. 697), a bipartisan bill to reform the Toxic Substance Control Act...

Workplace Safety Guidance Information Resource: Highly Infectious Diseases
John B. Dubeck,Lawrence P. Halprin,Martha E. Marrapese,Michael T. Novak,Manesh K. Rath, December 29, 2014
Keller and Heckman LLP’s workplace safety and pesticide practices prepared this alert to be a general information resource for employers concerning the recent outbreak of a particularly fatal strain of viral hemorrhagic fever, also known as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Employees who may come in...

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