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, antimocrobial 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 currently chairs 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 Martha's leadership PCRRTK has 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.


Jul 09, 2008 Are You Ready For REACH?
Sep 08, 2009 Martha Marrapese Selected to Receive 2009 American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Leadership and Service Award
Dec 28, 2009 Keller and Heckman Partner Martha Marrapese Quoted on Regulating Nanotechnology
Jul 20, 2010 Register TODAY -- Nanotechnology Today Webinar Series
Oct 07, 2010 First International Consensus Definition for Nanotechnology Published
Dec 15, 2010 Partner Martha Marrapese to Serve asa Panelist for Nanotechnology Webinar
Oct 18, 2011 Commission Adopts Recommendation on Definition of a Nanomaterial
Jul 10, 2012 Partner Martha Marrapese to Participate in Algal Biofuels Panel Discussion at DOE's Annual Biomass Conference
Aug 09, 2012 Partner Martha Marrapese Appointed Chair of the ABA's Committee on Pesticide, Chemical Regulation and Right to Know
Nov 16, 2012 Martha Marrapese to Co-Host a Breakfast Briefing on Nanotechnology
Apr 26, 2013 Martha Marrapese Will Take Part On the Small Business Environmental Roundtable Meeting on Toxic Substances Control Act
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
May 13, 2013 Keller and Heckman Partner and Advisory Board Member Martha Marrapese Encourages the Nanomanufacturing Community to Explore the Nanomaterial Registry
Mar 04, 2014 Martha Marrapese to Present at GlobalChem 2014


Feb 08, 2007 Regulations for Nanotechnology in Consumer Products
Sep 18, 2007 Advanced Chemical Control Law Seminar: Hot Topics Here and Abroad
Sep 26, 2007 World Vinyl Forum III
Oct 23, 2007 A Practical Primer on Pesticides
Nov 15, 2007 Introduction to REACH
Mar 20, 2008 Nanotechnology: The Future of EHS Regulatory Policy Conference
Sep 23, 2008 Advanced Chemical Control Course: Managing a Shifting Regulatory Climate - Washington, D.C.
Sep 23, 2008 U.S. Advanced REACH - Washington, D.C.
Jan 14, 2009 Nanotechnology Legislation, Regulation, Litigation
Nov 12, 2009 Getting Biofuels to Market: Running the Regulatory Gauntlet
Jul 20, 2010 State Regulation of Nanotechnology: What's Next? Webinar
Sep 01, 2010 Manufactured Nanomaterials: Europe and North America Forecast Webinar
Oct 06, 2010 Environmental Applications of Nanotechnology: Going Green Webinar
Nov 16, 2010 Benefits and Risk Communication for Nanomaterials Webinar
Jul 20, 2010 Registration is Closed -- Nanotechnology Today Webinar Series
Apr 18, 2012 Registration is Closed - Practical Primer on Pesticides Seminar April 18-19, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
Mar 05, 2012 2012 GlobalChem Conference and Expo
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
Nov 16, 2012 A Hill Breakfast Briefing on Nanotechnology
Jun 11, 2013 Registration is Closed - A Webinar on TSCA Modernization and The Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013
Mar 04, 2014 Martha Marrapese to Present at GlobalChem 2014


Aug 13, 2014 First Report for Denmark Nano Product Register is due August 30th, 2015
Jan 01, 2014 Microbial Products of Biotechnology
Oct 04, 2013 What is California Up To? - The Initial List of Candidate Chemicals is Published
Aug 05, 2013 Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Holds Hearing on TSCA Reform
Jul 31, 2013 U.S. House of Representatives Initiates Series of Hearings to Discuss the Toxic Substances Control Act
Jun 19, 2013 Dual Column Integrated Presentation of TSCA and CSIA
May 22, 2013 Summary - Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013
May 13, 2013 Development of National Registries for Nanoscale Ingredients in the European Union
Apr 12, 2013 Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 Reintroduced in Identical Form
Jan 31, 2013 Upcoming Deadline for TSCA Polymer Exemption Notification
Sep 24, 2012 Fuels Alert
Sep 06, 2012 Review Commission Decision Invites OSHA to Implement I2P2 through an Expansive New Interpretation of Existing Construction Accident Prevention Program Standard
Aug 15, 2012 Summary of the Committee Mark-up of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S. 847)
Jul 30, 2012 Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Approves Lautenberg TSCA Reform Bill
Apr 02, 2012 Electronic TSCA CDX Reporting Required Beginning April 7, 2012
Sep 09, 2011 Keller and Heckman Provides Comments on the Environmental Protection Agency's Proposed Rule Making on Nanoscale Materials in Pesticides
Aug 02, 2011 June 2011 National Academies Meeting On Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels Highlights Water Consumption at Commercial Scale
Jul 25, 2011 Top Science, Trade, and Regulatory Advisors Set the Tone for Securing US Lead in Nanotechnology Regulation and Take Aim at EPA Pesticide Office Proposal
Jun 15, 2011 Japan's New Chemical Reporting Requirements
Apr 26, 2011 Report from the Chemical Heritage Society's Public Dialogue on TSCA's Roots
Apr 15, 2011 Safe Chemicals Act of 2011: The Official Start of TSCA Reform Efforts in the New Congress
Mar 23, 2011 Lower Expectations for TSCA Reauthorization in 2011
Mar 11, 2011 The Constantly Pending PMN: Low Volume Exemption Applications Are Living Documents
Jan 11, 2011 Jan. 31: Notification Deadline under TSCA Polymer Exemption
Dec 07, 2010 Keller and Heckman Provides Comments on European Commission's Proposed Definition of Nanotechnology
Sep 20, 2010 Environmental Business Alert: End-of-Year Deadline to Nominate Existing Chemicals for Taiwan Inventory Nears
Aug 06, 2010 Nanotechnology Defined
Jul 06, 2010 FDA Announces GRAS Notification Pilot Program On Animal Food
Apr 15, 2010 TSCA Reform Legislation Introduced in Senate, Companion Discussion Draft Released in House
Feb 12, 2010 Environmental Business Alert: SEC Issues Guidance on Climate Change Disclosures
Jan 28, 2010 Environmental Business Alert: Regulatory Update - EPA to Focus on Nanoscale Materials in 2010
Jan 06, 2010 EPA Issues Eleventh Hour Action Plans for Classes of Chemicals
Dec 08, 2009 Newly Adopted EU Cosmetics Regulation Establishes Certain Requirements for Nanomaterials
Oct 22, 2009 Nanosilver, Nanomaterials EHS Research in the Regulatory Spotlight Again
Jul 27, 2009 Keller and Heckman LLP and Safe Chemicals Co. Ltd Offering Guidance on Korean Regulations Affecting Paints and Coatings
Jul 14, 2009 USDA APHIS Proposes Amendments to Regulations Regarding Genetically Engineered Organisms
Jul 08, 2009 EPA Issues Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) for Certain Carbon Nanotubes
Apr 16, 2009 California's Data Call-ins on Nanomaterials Raise Legal Issues
Mar 23, 2009 The US EPA's Naming Conventions for New Chemical Substances Produced from Organisms
Feb 17, 2009 Will TSCA Sink or Swim?
Feb 12, 2009 TSCA Reform Initiatives Should Affirmatively Promote Green Chemistry
Jan 16, 2009 TSCA Inventory Needs to be Sustained, Not Depleted
Dec 19, 2008 Supreme Court's Environmental Agenda
Nov 18, 2008 EPA Issues Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for Two Nanomaterials
Oct 31, 2008 EPA's Oct 31 Announcement on CNTs, Coupled with Known Parameters for Review, Will Promote the Development of a US-Based Industry
Oct 07, 2008 Article Series on ANSI Nanotechnology Standardization Activities
Jan 10, 2008 U.S. Companies Face Key Supply Questions with the Approach of the EU REACH Chemical Registration Program
Oct 29, 2007 Heavy Metals and Toxic Materials Limits in Packaging
Oct 29, 2007 Mercury Education and Reduction
Oct 29, 2007 Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Legislation
Oct 29, 2007 Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Oct 29, 2007 The Lifecycle Rules for Consumer Products, Packaging and Equipment
Jul 02, 2007 Federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan Primer
Jun 06, 2007 REACH Is Here: Are You Ready?
May 18, 2007 Key Aspects of Canada's Chemical Management Program and Challenge Program
May 17, 2007 EPA-DOJ Global Settlement Approach to Civil and Criminal Liability
Mar 15, 2007 Considering EPA's Self-Disclosure Policy - Choose Wisely
Nov 27, 2006 Canada Proposes to Delete Substances from the DSL
Nov 15, 2006 Environmental Business Alert
Feb 28, 2006 Workplace Alert February 2006 Gearing Up for OSHA's New Hexavalent Chromium Standards
Nov 21, 2005 REACH is Closer This Week in Europe
Aug 10, 2005 Pesticide Alert August 2005
Jul 01, 2005 U.S. Regulatory Aspects of Standardization for Nanotechnologies
Jun 01, 2005 Emerging Opportunities in Food-Contact Applications
May 25, 2005 Biotechnology/Nanotechnology Alert
May 01, 2005 Non Food Issues for Food Companies
Mar 30, 2005 Reporting Substantial Risk Information Under Section 8(e) of TSCA
Apr 30, 2004 EPA Finalizes Changes to Risk Management Program Requirements; Companies Must Submit RMP Updates By June 21, 2004
Apr 15, 2004 Canada's New Substance Fees and Credit Card Payment Options
Mar 26, 2004 Notification of New Chemical Substances in China
Mar 23, 2004 Environmental Impact Statement; Introduction of Genetically Engineered Organisms; Docket No. 03-031-2
Mar 19, 2004 Environmental Alert (March 19, 2004)
Mar 04, 2004 Notification of New Chemical Substances Under the Seventh Amendment of the European Union's Dangerous Substances Directive
Mar 04, 2004 New Chemicals Notification in Australia
Mar 04, 2004 Japan's Regulatory Scheme for Workplace Chemicals Under the Industrial Health and Safety Law
Mar 04, 2004 Notification of New Chemical Substances in Japan
Jan 13, 2004 EPA Proposes RCRA Conditional Exclusions for Certain Solvent-Contaminated Industrial Wipes
Nov 07, 2003 Environmental Alert (November 7, 2003)
Oct 07, 2003 Genetically Modified Organisms and TSCA
Aug 29, 2003 U.S. EPA Proposes Changes to Risk Management Plans: Five-Year Updates Due Summer 2004
Aug 13, 2003 Bush Nominates Utah Governor as EPA Administrator
Jun 01, 2003 Environmental Reporting and Recordkeeping: Sound Strategies and Legal Insights
May 20, 2003 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): What European Exporters Need to Know Seminar Manual
Apr 17, 2003 EPA Finalizes Extension to Amend Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plans
Jan 01, 2003 Achieving Safety and Health Regulatory Compliance
Oct 30, 2002 U.S. EPA Seeks Suggestions on Improving Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting
Oct 12, 2002 Amendment to the Final Injury and Illness Recording Rule Signed and Filed
Jun 02, 2002 Food Retailers and Environmental Compliance
Jan 01, 2002 Under the Microscope: EPA and States Pursue Colleges and Universities
Nov 27, 2001 EPA Urged Back to the Drawing Board on Electronic Reporting and Recordkeeping: Voluntary Proposal Anything But
Jul 12, 2001 OSHA Announces that Final Rule for Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Will Go Into Effect on January 1, 2002, and Proposes to Stay The Provisions on MSDs and Hearing Loss
Jan 29, 2001 Batteries and EPCRA: Don't Wait Until An Enforcement Initiative Leaves You Powerless To Correct A Commonly-Overlooked Reporting Requirement
Jan 19, 2001 OSHA Publishes Final Rule for Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, and Makes Major Changes in Employer Obligations
Jan 01, 2001 2001 Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook
Aug 23, 2000 Comments on Proposed Tolerance Processing Fees for Inert Ingredients of Pesticides
Aug 09, 2000 EPA Makes Changes to Pesticide Product First Aid Statements
May 08, 2000 The Next Pesticide Data Compensation Battleground: Inert Ingredients
Jun 15, 1999 EPA Proposes to Extend Reporting Period for Voluntary Self-Disclosures of Environmental Violations
Oct 16, 1997 The TSCA Low Volume Exemption -- A Practical Alternative to a PMN
Feb 24, 1997 International Chemical Control Laws Survey
Feb 24, 1997 Understanding the European Union's R&D Regulations


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What Happens Next to Earthjustice's Demand for CBI Reassertion and Resubstantiation?
Herbert Estreicher,Eric P. Gotting,Martha E. Marrapese, September 18, 2014
The designation and treatment of Confidential Business Information (“CBI”) is frequently at the center of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) reform debate. One issue receiving increased attention is whether chemical companies should be required to reassert or...

First Report for Denmark Nano Product Register is due August 30th, 2015
Martha E. Marrapese,Rachida Semail, August 18, 2014
The Danish Order on a register of mixtures and articles that contain nanomaterials as well as the requirement for producers and importers to report to the register entered into force on June 18, 2014. It establishes a Nano Product Register of mixtures and articles, which contain nanomaterials, and...
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