Lead Senior Scientist
Areas of expertise: Health, chemical safety, Nano Risk Framework, nanotechnology, pollution prevention
Richard A. Denison, Ph.D., has over 30 years of experience in the environmental arena, specializing in policy, hazard and risk assessment and management for industrial and consumer chemicals and nanomaterials.
Richard recently served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Standing Committee on Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions and its Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, and was a member of the Green Ribbon Science Panel for California’s Green Chemistry Initiative.
Richard has testified before various Congressional committees on the need for fundamental reform of US policy toward industrial chemicals and on nanomaterial safety research needs. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee to Develop a Research Strategy for Environmental, Health and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials. He was a member of EDF’s team that worked jointly with the DuPont Corporation to develop a framework governing responsible development, production, use and disposal of nanoscale materials.
Richard is a frequent contributor to EDF’s Chemicals and Nanomaterials blog, where he posts both commentary and detailed analyses of the emerging science and policies affecting chemicals and nanomaterials in the U.S. and internationally.
Ph.D., Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University.
Denison joined EDF in 1987, after several years as an analyst and assistant project director in the Oceans and Environment Program, Office of Technology Assessment, United States Congress.
- Author, Chemical Safety Reform: Will the Center Hold? [PDF] The Environmental Forum (2014).
- Co-author, Toxics Across America: Who Makes the Billions of Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Flowing Through the U.S. Economy Each Year (2014).
- Author, TSCA Reform: Information Confidentiality, Availability, and Sharing Environmental Law Reporter (2012).
- Author, TSCA Reform: The Current Safety Standard Environmental Law Reporter, (2012).
- Author, Ten Essential Elements in TSCA Reform [PDF], Environmental Law Reporter (2009).
- Author, Not That Innocent: A Comparative Analysis of Canadian, European Union and United States Policies on Industrial Chemicals (2007).
- Author, Across the Pond: Assessing REACH’s First Big Impact on U.S. Companies and Chemicals (2008).
- Author, High Hopes, Low Marks: A final report card on the HPV Challenge (2007).
- Co-author, “Getting Nanotechnology Right the First Time [PDF],” Issues in Science and Technology, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC (2005).
- Richard Denison YouTube channel featuring congressional testimonies on TSCA reform.
- NPR’s Morning Edition, January 2014: “Weeks Later, More Questions Than Answers In W.Va. Chemical Spill”
- PRI’s Living on Earth, January 2014: “Bad Data for Bad Water”
- KCRW’s To The Point, January 2014: “West Virginia Water Crisis Throws Spotlight on Water Safety”
- NPR’s All Things Considered, January 2014: “The Catch-22 In The Toxic Chemicals Law”
- Living on Earth, September 2013: “EPA Scraps Chemical Safety Rules” | Transcript
- NPR’s On Point, May 2013: “Toxic Chemicals: A New Push to Get a Grip”
- Living on Earth, July 2012: “Chemicals and Health”
- Chicago Public Radio, October 2008: “US Produces Chemicals Deemed Dangerous by EU”
- Living on Earth, August 2008: “Few Rules on Nanotech”