On June 4, 2015, the Alliance for Chemical Safety met with Ms. Naoko Moritani of the Japanese Ministry of Environment to discuss chemical risk management issues in the U.S.
Ms. Moritani, Deputy Director of the Office of Waste Disposal Management in the Department of Waste Management and Recycling, is participating in the U.S. Department of State’s Global Government to Government Partnership (GP3) and International Visitor Leadership Program. Through this program, she has been placed at U.S. EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. for six months, through September 2015.
As part of the program, Ms. Moritani is visiting several U.S. cities, including Cincinnati.
The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council approached the Alliance in May about hosting Ms. Moritani for a visit. Matt Leary, Alliance Chair, and Rob Paxton, Alliance Vice Chair, met with Ms. Moritani at Shepherd Chemical Company in Norwood. Discussion centered around green chemistry initiatives in the U.S., REACH, and waste recycling. Ms. Moritani toured Shepherd Chemical following the discussion.