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Of Counsel


Charles Auer is Of Counsel with HillStaffer, and also a Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with Bergeson & Campbell PC (http://www.lawbc.com). Mr. Auer, a former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director, brings over 30 years of environmental, chemical, and TSCA expertise to clients with a unique balance of in-depth policy knowledge and scientific proficiency. His inherent understanding of the EPA and how that agency functions allows Mr. Auer to counsel clients on developing strategies necessary to prepare for implementation of new TSCA, but to maintain compliance by each new precedent-setting chemical review, determination, and rulemaking from EPA as well.

Mr. Auer held a number of technical and management positions while at EPA, most recently the Director of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), where he was responsible for implementation of TSCA. He possesses a truly exceptional level of policy and technical expertise in domestic and international chemical regulation, including:

  • Chemical testing
  • Assessment
  • Management of new and existing chemicals under TSCA
  • National priority chemicals such as PFOS/PFOA, lead, PCBs & mercury
  • Green chemistry
  • Pollution prevention
  • Safer Choice

Mr. Auer also was a member of the Senior Executive Service with responsibility for managing and leading policy-related organizations ranging in staff size from 50 to 350. He was a member of U.S. negotiating teams that produced strong and successful outcomes in development of the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent (1998), Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (1999-2001), Dubai Declaration on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (2005-2006), and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Mercury Program (2005-2007).

Mr. Auer has authored over 20 publications regarding TSCA, and has an intimate knowledge of the practical and strategic issues facing implementation of the sweeping changes made under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.



Keith Belton is a Of Counsel with HillStaffer, and brings over 25 years of public policy, regulatory, and advocacy leadership to clients in manufacturing, chemicals, and related areas. Keith is also the Founder of Pareto Policy Solutions, LLC.

Dr. Belton’s particular areas of expertise include environment, health, and safety regulations; the federal regulatory process, including Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review of significant regulations; regulatory analysis, including cost-benefit analysis and chemical risk assessment; the Toxic Substances Control Act; the Clean Air Act; green chemistry; and climate change.

Dr. Belton has amassed his knowledge and expertise working in the private sector, public sector, and nonprofit sector. He was formerly the Director of Government Relations at the Dow Chemical Company, where he directed federal government relations, energy and environment matters. Prior to that Dr. Belton was an Economist at the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, where he served in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and was responsible for reviewing federal regulations and coordinating inter-agency review of regulations. Dr. Belton began his career working at both the American Chemistry Council and the American Chemistry Society. While at ACC he served as Director of Policy, Economics, and Risk Analysis and before that Director of Legislative Affairs, responsible for regulatory matters, cost-benefit analysis, and risk assessment and representing US chemical companies before Congress on environmental, health, and safety issues. While at ACS Dr. Belton was the Director of Government Relations and an Assistant Editor, focusing on environmental issues of interest to chemical scientists and engineers, in particular EPA risk assessment and the evolving science of climate change, and coordinating the peer review process for manuscripts.

Dr. Belton holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, and both an M.S. in Environmental Science and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the George Washington University. His doctoral dissertation focused on the influence of political appointees on federal regulatory agencies. He is a member of several professional associations, including the American Chemical Society, the American Economic Association, and the Association of Government Relations Professionals.