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Melissa Nadeau (formerly Walsh Innes) is the Program Manager for the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH). TPCH maintains the Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation and coordinates implementation of state legislation, based on the Model, on behalf of its member states, with the goal of promoting consistency across states. TPCH is a resource and single point of contact for companies seeking information on toxics in packaging requirements or an exemption.

Melissa is also the Project Manager for the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2). IC2 is an association of state, local, and tribal governments that promotes a clean environment, healthy communities, and a vital economy through the development and use of safer chemicals and products.

In addition to her work with TPCH and IC2, Melissa supports legislative members of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) as their Senior Advisor on Circular Economy.

Melissa is a former Maine state representative, having served two terms on Maine’s Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Melissa sponsored multiple environmental bills in Maine including product stewardship, paint, medical sharps, pharmaceuticals, compact fluorescent lamps, electronics expansion and beverage containers. Melissa was the sponsor of Maine’s first-in-the-nation Product Stewardship Framework Law of 2010, as well as the sponsor of an electronic recycling bill (e-waste) that expanded the program in Maine in 2011 (both bills were enacted with unanimous bipartisan support).

After serving in the Maine legislature, Melissa served as the deputy director for Recycling Reinvented, a national nonprofit that worked to advance recycling policies to increase national recycling rates for packaging and printed paper. In her position at Recycling Reinvented, Melissa worked to craft and advance effective EPR legislation for packaging and printed paper through a national stakeholder engagement process. Melissa worked with legislators and advocates in Rhode Island to advance an EPR for packaging bill through the hearing process in 2013.

Melissa was the last Director of the Maine Association of Public Housing Directors (which disbanded in early 2020). In this role, she worked with the Maine CDC on an initiative for improved coordination in notification of Maine buildings that have been identified with high levels of lead to prevent lead poisoning.

Melissa holds a B.A. in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Auburn, Maine and enjoys policy, the ocean, kayaking and walking along the local Androscoggin River, and pretty much anything outside in the beautiful state of Maine.

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