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October 6, 2017
Inside EPA Quotes B&C Memorandum on EPA, FDA Jurisdiction for Mosquito Related Products
On October 6, 2017, Inside EPA quoted a recent memorandum from The Acta Group (Acta®) in the article “EPA wins power to oversee biotech mosquito controls.” EPA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued new guidance clarifying that EPA has authority for regulating biotechnology (Bt) products such as genetically modified mosquitoes that are used to control the pests, a step that one industry law firm says will be helpful for navigating a federal “jurisdictional quagmire." […] In an Oct. 5 blog, the law firm Bergeson and Campbell PC, ... read more >
September 22, 2017
Inside EPA Quotes B&C TSCAblogTM in Article Regarding Rejected TSCA Section 21 Fluoride Petition
On September 22, 2017, Inside EPA quoted the post “EPA Denies TSCA Section 21 Petition on Fluoride Chemicals in Drinking Water; Provides Response to Petition,” from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) TSCAblogTM in the article “Suit Over Rejected Fluoride Petition Could Test EPA's Stance On TCSA 'Uses'.” Observers tracking EPA's implementation of the new TSCA law said last spring shortly before the suit was filed that it would provide a test case for the agency's interpretation that petitioners must provide a ... read more >
September 18, 2017
Career Opportunity - Regulatory Compliance Chemist or Senior Regulatory Compliance Chemist
The Acta Group L.L.C. (Acta) affilate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is seeking a regulatory compliance chemist to join our growing team of scientists, regulatory consultants, and policy experts.  This position will be based in our Washington, D.C. office, although telework arrangements may be considered for the right candidate.  Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or related science and be must be highly experienced with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the ... read more >
September 18, 2017
Career Opportunity - Assistant Regulatory Compliance Chemist
The Acta Group L.L.C. (Acta) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is seeking an assistant regulatory compliance chemist to join our growing team of regulatory consultants, scientists, and policy experts.  This position will be based in our Washington, D.C. office, although telework arrangements may be considered for the right candidate.  Applicants must have experience with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), or other global ... read more >
September 15, 2017
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Presents “Chemical Substance Management in Central and South America” at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids
On September 11, 2017, Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant with The Acta Group (Acta®), presented “Chemical Substance Management in Central and South America: Insights into Sustainability, Regulatory and Management Opportunities” at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids in Cancun, Mexico.  In general, Central and South America have no formal chemical inventories in place, no formal pre-notification schemes, and no implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) ... read more >
September 12, 2017
Chemical Watch Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson In Article Regarding B&C’s TSCA New Chemicals Coalition
On September 12, 2017, Chemical Watch quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), in the article “US EPA pilots new pre-manufacture notice guidelines.” [T]he law firm Bergeson & Campbell has formed the TSCA New Chemicals Coalition which is intended to give the chemical community greater opportunity to engage with EPA on constructive improvements to the new chemical review process. "About 50 companies so far have expressed interest in joining the coalition," said the firm's managing partner Lynn Bergeson. "One of the key objectives is ... read more >
September 1, 2017
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Fate of Chemical Makers’ Trade Secrets Rests With EPA”
On September 1, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report regarding how Confidential Business Information (CBI) claims would be handled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the New Toxic Substances Control Act (New TSCA). The 2016 update to the Toxic Substances Control Act added a new requirement that manufacturers routinely justify their need for that chemical information to be kept confidential. The statute requires the EPA to review all claims that a chemical's identity ... read more >
August 28, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Paper Waste Spurs Testing of Low-Cost Carbon Fiber for Products”
On August 28, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report discussing Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) regulatory concerns for carbon fiber with a lignin. Since the lignin-PAN carbon fiber under development does not yet involve the use of carbon nanofibers, Washington State University's Ahring said the product will not require clearance under [TSCA]. But some worry that the enthusiasm supporting the rapid commercialization of biobased chemicals has gotten out in front of potential regulatory ... read more >
August 23, 2017
Inside EPA Covers The Formation Of B&C’s New “TSCA New Chemicals Coalition”
On August 23, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®) and Managing Partner of Acta affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Inside EPA in the article “New Industry Coalition Launched On TSCA New Chemicals Review Issues.” For further information on joining the coalition, call or e-mail Lynn L. Bergeson at 202-557-3801 or lbergeson@lawbc.com. Bergeson & Campbell, a law firm that specializes in chemical industry issues, is creating a coalition of companies to craft uniform comments to EPA on industry ... read more >
August 23, 2017
Michael Wenk, M.S., Quoted In Chemical Watch Article “UN's GHS takes effect in Argentina”
On August 23, 2017, Michael Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant at The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Chemical Watch discussing Argentina’s implementation of the UN’s Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for the classification and labelling of chemicals. Michael Wenk, senior regulatory consultant at international compliance specialists Acta, told Chemical Watch: "The uptick in interest in GHS in South America comes after a long period of relative apathy with respect to implementing the programme. Argentina joins Brazil as the two countries which have fully ... read more >
August 16, 2017
Scientific American Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding EPA’s New Framework Rules for TSCA
On August 16, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Scientific American in “Trump’s EPA May Be Weakening Chemical Safety Law.” The [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)] and industry leaders dispute that the framework rules undermine [the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)]. “I thought they were clearer, cleaner and more focused,” says Lynn Bergeson, a lawyer whose firm Bergeson & Campbell specializes in chemical issues. She adds the new rules will result in a “better use of EPA ... read more >
August 15, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted In “EPA TSCA Guide May Give Industry New Strategies For Risk Evaluations”
On August 15, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®) was quoted by Inside EPA discussing how new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) risk evaluation guidelines may impact industry. “My sense is that if you have a promising chemical product and wish to get it through the risk evaluation process sooner rather than later, considering this option makes sense,” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of environmental law firm Bergeson & Campbell, tells Inside EPA. “You control the timing, and might have a better line of sight on agency ... read more >
August 11, 2017
“TSCA Hot Topics: Inventory Notification and Strategies for Complying, and Update on Section 5” Webinar Brings Together Industry and EPA to Talk New TSCA
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce that the materials and recording from the “TSCA Hot Topics: Inventory Notification and Strategies for Complying, and Update on Section 5” webinar are now available for download. This complimentary webinar, co-hosted with Bloomberg BNA, was presented by a panel including Dr. Jeff Morris, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and former EPA officials and seasoned regulatory professionals who engaged in a lively discussion on: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 5 Inventory notification reporting ... read more >
August 10, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemistry World Article “EPA Clears Chemicals Backlog”
On August 10, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Chemistry World regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “announcement that it has ‘eliminated’ the logjam of 600 new chemicals undergoing review” under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Lynn Bergeson, a managing partner with the Washington, DC-based law firm Bergeson & Campbell that advises chemical companies about regulatory compliance, is enthusiastic about the developments. ‘This means that those new chemical notifications that ... read more >
August 8, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Included Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson and Charles M. Auer on EPA Chemical Backlog
On August 8, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of  The Acta Group (Acta®), and Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with Acta, were quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report in the article “Clearing EPA's New Chemicals ‘Backlog’ Cheered by Industry.” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. in Washington, also praised the EPA's progress. That law firm will review EPA's latest statistics to assess the agency's progress completing negotiations it undertakes with chemical manufacturers after it ... read more >
August 4, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., on EPA’s New Electronic Reporting System
On August 4, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “Chemical Makers Told to Act Now, Duck Regulatory Hassles Later.” Chemical manufacturers should have access to the EPA's electronic reporting system now to avoid headaches in six months as the deadline approaches to notify the agency about chemicals they have made or imported during the past 10 years. The clock hasn't started yet for the 180 days that chemical manufacturers and importers have to notify the agency, ... read more >
August 3, 2017
Charles M. Auer Quoted In “Chemical Risk Review Details Expected From EPA by Fall”
On August 3, 2017, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report discussing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to release documents detailing its new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical review process.  The documents are expected to aid companies as they prepare premanufacture notices (PMNs) they must submit when asking the agency to approve a new chemical, Charlie Auer, senior regulatory and policy adviser with Bergeson & Campbell, said. As a result, companies may ... read more >
August 3, 2017
Heather F. Collins, M.S., Joins Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce that Heather F. Collins, M.S., has joined our firms as a Regulatory Consultant.  Ms. Collins has nearly two decades of experience developing, implementing, and managing environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) compliance for global chemical and chemical product companies.  Her prodigious skills in developing biocide and pesticide registration and compliance strategies, safety data sheet (SDS) authoring, and dangerous goods management, coupled with her keen awareness of the ... read more >
July 19, 2017
"TSCA Reform: One Year Later" Conference Elicits Frank and Productive Discussion from Government, NGO, and Industry Speakers
On June 27, 2017, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GWU) held a day-long "TSCA Reform: One Year Later" conference at the GWU campus exploring the federal government’s implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) on the first anniversary of its enactment. Lautenberg significantly amended the Toxic Substances Control Act, and holds the U.S. Environmental ... read more >
July 18, 2017
Charles Auer and Richard Engler, Ph.D., Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Chemical Industry Eyes New Chance to Drive EPA Risk Analyses”
On July 18, 2017, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist with Acta, were quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) data gathering authority. […] The EPA's recent rules don't mention any intention to use the agency's new authority under the amended chemicals law to order companies to provide toxicity or exposure data, Richard Denison, lead senior scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, said June 27 at a ... read more >
July 18, 2017
TSCA Hot Topics: Inventory Notification and Strategies for Complying, and Update on Section 5
Bloomberg BNA/Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Webinar Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Complimentary Registration Available Online   With the recent release of the 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) dataset and the initial interim list of active substances released with the June 2017 copy of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory (Inventory), the magnitude of effort that will be needed to comply with the Section 8(b)(4) Inventory notification process is becoming clear (see our June 6, 2017, memorandum “Preparing for the Inventory Reset: It Is Not ... read more >
July 12, 2017
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., to Speak at AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant with The Acta Group (Acta®) and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), has been invited to speak on the current state of play of Central and South American chemical regulations at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids, September 11-14, 2017, in Cancun, Mexico.  Mr. Wenk will present “Chemical Substance Management in Central and South America: Insights into Sustainability, Regulatory, and Management Opportunities” at the plenary session on September 11, 2017.  The AOCS ... read more >
June 29, 2017
Charles Auer Quoted in Inside EPA Article “The Emerging Debate Over New TSCA Rules: 'Achievable' v. 'Lawful'”
On June 29, 2017, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Inside EPA in an article regarding Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) framework rules and how they should be implemented. His comments were made on June 27, 2017, during an Environmental Law Institute (ELI) conference celebrating the reformed law’s first anniversary. […] Former career EPA toxics chief Charles Auer, now with the law firm Bergeson & Campbell,  […] noted his own disappointment that EPA has yet to exercise its new TSCA authorities ... read more >
June 21, 2017
Inside EPA Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson on Challenges to TSCA Framework Rules
On June 21, 2017, Inside EPA quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), in the article “As EPA Issues TSCA's Framework Rules, Bipartisan Law Faces Challenges.” […] Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of the firm Bergeson & Campbell, suggested some concern in EPA's ability to advance use of these new technologies. She too, noted Lautenberg's requirements regarding non-animal testing, including its direction that EPA craft a plan to mange the transition by June 22, 2018. “We find it very important and terrific that section 4(h) ... read more >
June 19, 2017
TSCA Reform—One Year Later
June 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (EDT) Milken Institute School of Public Health George Washington University 950 New Hampshire Ave., N.W. 1st Floor Auditorium Washington, D.C. (and via webinar) Register Today This event is free and open to the public. Join the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health for a day-long conference exploring the federal government’s implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which significantly amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), ... read more >
June 16, 2017
James V. Aidala Quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Discussing Henry Darwin’s Appointment as EPA Assistant Deputy Administrator
On June 16, 2017, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “Former Arizona Environment Chief Tapped as EPA's COO.” […] Henry Darwin, a longtime government official and former director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, will serve as EPA assistant deputy administrator. In a statement, EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said Darwin “will focus the agency on providing value to taxpayers by helping us measure performance, improve our ... read more >
June 16, 2017
Inside EPA Quotes Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., in “EPA Toxics Director Seeks 'New Chemicals' Program Fixes Beyond Backlog”
On June 16, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Inside EPA discussing changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ‘New Chemicals’ program. […] Jeff Morris, director of EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), described some of the ongoing efforts he hopes will prevent further backlogs while speaking during a June 12 webinar. […] Morris explained that with polymers undergoing the PMN process, OPPT staff originally thought they would have to issue a may present an ... read more >
June 14, 2017
Charles M. Auer Quoted By Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Discussing EPA Regulation of New Chemicals
On June 14, 2017, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor at The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “EPA Pledges Long-Term Elimination of New Chemicals Backlog.” […] The percentage of new chemicals the EPA has regulated before and since the [Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act] passed last June jumped from roughly 10 percent to about 70 percent, said Charles Auer, who used to run the agency's chemicals office, and Richard Engler, a chemist who worked for the EPA's new ... read more >
June 14, 2017
Inside EPA Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson in “Scope Of 'Use' In TSCA Revision Seen Driving New Industry Data-Sharing”
On June 14, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Inside EPA discussing the impacts of a possible requirement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider all possible use conditions while conducting risk assessments. […] Speaking at a recent seminar on environmental regulation hosted by the Practising Law Institute in New York, NY, attorney Lynn Bergeson said competing calls from industry and environmentalists on whether risk assessments should consider "all" conditions in which a chemical might be used are placing ... read more >
June 12, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson, Charles M. Auer, and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Present during Bloomberg BNA Webinar "Reviewing New Chemicals Under Amended TSCA: Impact on Innovation"
On June 12, 2017, Bloomberg BNA presented the webinar "Reviewing New Chemicals Under Amended TSCA: Impact on Innovation," featuring Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®); Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist with Acta; and Lynn L. Bergeson, President of Acta; as well as Jeffery Morris, Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics; Beth Bosley, President, Boron Specialties LLC; and Robert Mott, Manager, Global Regulatory, Sun Chemical Corporation. After an introduction from Jeff ... read more >
June 7, 2017
B&C Nano Blog Post Quoted By Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report in the Article “9th Circuit Ruling Could Slow EPA Nanomaterial Conditional Registrations”
On June 7, 2017, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted “Appellate Court Vacates Conditional Nanosilver Registration” discussing the impacts of the recent 9th Circuit Court ruling. […] In a May 31 blog post, the law firm Bergeson & Campbell P.C., which represents industry clients, says the ruling could prompt the nano industry to press EPA to revisit its position that every pesticide containing nanosilver is a new active ingredient, requiring conditional registration, rather than viewing all nanosilver in all pesticides as one ingredient. "EPA's ... read more >
June 1, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson On Ruling Against Conditional Approval of Nanosilver Pesticide
On June 1, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “EPA Failed to Justify Nanosilver Pesticide Approval, Court Says.” [...] Lynn Bergeson, managing partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. told Bloomberg BNA the agency will need to issue some sort of stop sale or other order to implement the court's vacatur. EPA will then need to review the record and determine whether it has the evidence needed to address the court's ruling, she said by email. The ... read more >
May 24, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Presents “TSCA Implementation and Current U.S. Regulatory Environment” at NIA Webinar
On May 24, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), presented “TSCA Implementation and Current U.S. Regulatory Environment” at the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) webinar: “Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) implementation and current US regulatory environment.” Ms. Bergeson’s presentation addressed reformed TSCA (Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act) implementation and the current regulatory environment under the Trump Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott ... read more >
May 23, 2017
Lisa R. Burchi Explains “The New TSCA: Impact on States and Worker Safety Programs” at ORCHSE Strategies, LLC’s Western Occupational Safety and Health Group Meeting
On May 23, 2017, Lisa R. Burchi, Senior Regulatory Specialist with The Acta Group (Acta®), presented “The New TSCA: Impact on States and Worker Safety Programs” at ORCHSE Strategies, LLC’s Western Occupational Safety and Health Group meeting. Ms. Burchi’s presentation addressed the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, and its impact on worker safety programs nationwide. Specifically, she discussed the changes in the designation of workers, identified in the new bill as a ... read more >
May 23, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Presents “Reviewing New Chemicals under Amended TSCA: Impact on Innovation” Webinar
  Monday, June 12, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (EDT)  This webinar has occurred.  Materials and recording provided upon request to Acta clients, associated businesses, and industry members.   Since enactment of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act last June, a logjam of new chemicals under review at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unable to enter commerce has developed.  EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) is adjusting to new requirements in the 2016 amendments to the nation’s primary ... read more >
May 18, 2017
Charles Auer Quoted in “Rate of EPA Chemical Regulation Ramps Up Since Toxics Law Update”
On March 18, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), explaining how updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are impacting new chemical regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency has been regulating more new chemicals since the Toxic Substances Control Act was overhauled than it did before, according to a snapshot of its work over the past 11 months. “It's definitely harder to get a new chemical to market,” Charles Auer, a former senior EPA chemicals ... read more >
May 18, 2017
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and ABA Books Release New TSCA: A Guide to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and Its Implementation
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce the publication of New TSCA: A Guide to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and Its Implementation, released today by the American Bar Association (ABA).  This new book is a comprehensive guide to the substantial revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) occasioned by enactment of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on June 22, 2016, to produce “new TSCA,” amending and replacing “old TSCA” as of that date.  B&C Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson and ... read more >
May 17, 2017
Comments By Dr. Richard E. Engler Featured In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article On EPA Chemical Review Process
On May 17, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at the Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “Pace of EPA New Chemical Reviews Picks Up, Allaying Concerns.” […] The new information, which the agency posted since May 12, shows the EPA has made many more new chemical decisions since TSCA was amended than was publicly known, Richard Engler, a senior chemist with the Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. in Washington told Bloomberg BNA May 16. […] The first website, which had a search function that previously ... read more >
May 16, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson in “Nanoscale Materials Data Collection Rule Guidance Coming”
On May 16, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President of the Acta Group (Acta®), on upcoming guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on manufacturing and processing nanoengineered chemicals. […] Lynn Bergeson managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. told Bloomberg BNA the EPA's decision to delay the rule's effective date until after it issues the draft guidance mutes the complaint that companies wouldn't know how to comply. It doesn't mean, however, that the guidance will be sufficient to ... read more >
May 5, 2017
Comments By Richard Engler Included In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Chemicals Law Is Top Priority of Trade Group's New Leadership”
On May 4, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at the Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report discussing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) chemical regulation process in response to efforts by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) to speed up the process. […] A logjam of nearly 800 new chemicals has developed in the EPA's new chemicals office since the Toxic Substances Control Act was amended June 22, 2016. The agency has authorized only 63 new chemicals and microbes as of April 20 ... read more >
May 4, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Contribute to ABA SEER’s The Year in Review 2016
The Acta Group (Acta®) is pleased to announce the publication of The Year in Review 2016:  Environment, Energy, and Resources Law by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER).  The Year in Review provides an annual summary of developments in environmental, energy, and resources law.  Acta President Lynn L. Bergeson and Senior Chemist Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., co-authored the Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know 2016 Annual Report.    The 2016 Annual Report provides a detailed review of the ... read more >
May 2, 2017
ELI, GWU, and B&C Present “TSCA Reform – One Year Later”
  SAVE THE DATE   TSCA Reform – One Year Later June 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EDT) George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, D.C. Join the Environmental Law Institute and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health for a day-long conference exploring the federal government’s implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which significantly amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), just over one year after it was signed into law. ... read more >
April 28, 2017
Dr. Richard E. Engler Makes Presentation Regarding TSCA Reform to the Chemical Society of Washington
On April 27, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), presented “Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and TSCA Reform” at the Chemical Society of Washington’s monthly dinner meeting. Dr. Engler discussed TSCA before and after reform by The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) and challenges that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry face in implementing and complying with the new law. In this extensive presentation, Dr. Engler discussed the centralizing concept of ... read more >
April 26, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes Richard Engler In “No Insights in EPA Notices on 19 New Chemicals on Market”
On April 25, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report included comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at the Acta Group (Acta®), commenting on the 19 new chemicals that have been given market approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) between December 1, 2016, and February 28, 2017. […] The EPA has notified the manufacturers that asked to make the new chemicals of the approvals and announced the decisions on its public website, Richard Engler, a senior chemist with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., who spent 17 years working with EPA, told ... read more >
April 20, 2017
​Inside EPA Article Quotes TSCA Blog Post “EPA Denies TSCA Section 21 Petition on Fluoride Chemicals in Drinking Water; Provides Response to Petition”
On April 19, 2017, Inside EPA quoted a post from the TSCA Blog in the article “Suit Over EPA's Rejection Of Fluoride Ban Claims TSCA Misinterpretation.” “This asserted view, that only a comprehensive risk evaluation considering all conditions of use will suffice, presents a very high threshold for action -- and seemingly an impossibly high threshold to move EPA to act," officials with the law firm Bergeson & Campbell said in a March 7 blog post. […]  Bergeson and Campbell attorneys said that EPA's denial is "essentially arguing that ... read more >
April 4, 2017
The Acta Group Wins “Supply Chains Award” at the 2017 Chemicals Northwest Awards
The Acta Group (Acta®), a global scientific and business consulting firm offering a full range of support services for the process of obtaining approvals to market industrial chemicals, biocides, and chemical products, with offices in Washington, D.C., Beijing, China, and Manchester, UK,  has been named winner of the Chemicals Northwest 2017 “Supply Chains Award.”  Chemicals Northwest Awards are presented in ten categories, all of which recognize excellence in the chemical and chemical service sector in the Northwest of England, the UK’s chemical industry ... read more >
March 29, 2017
Quotes by Charles Auer Included In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “First-Ever Federal Mercury Inventory Set for Release by EPA”
On March 29, 2017, Charles Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report explaining possible impacts of a mercury inventory under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The updated chemicals law also calls for the EPA to develop a regulation by June 2018 that will require companies that use mercury or mercury compounds to provide the agency with information about those uses. Pharmaceutical and other companies that normally are not regulated under TSCA may be subject to the mercury-use reporting ... read more >
March 29, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article Includes Comments From James Aidala On Possible Chlorpyrifos Restrictions
On March 29, 2017, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report included comments from James Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), in the article “Trump Administration to Make Tough Decision on Dow Chemical.” […]But undoing the underpinnings that justify a near-ban will take more than political will, said Jim Aidala, a senior consultant with Bergeson & Campbell PC. A decision that favors the manufacturer, Dow AgroSciences, and the agrichemical industry broadly, will have to be robust enough to convince the judges of the ... read more >
March 29, 2017
Sheryl Lindros Dolan Presents “Protecting Trade Secrets Around the World Part 1: Comparing CBI Requirements under New TSCA and OSHA HCS 2012” at the SCHC Spring Meeting
On March 28, 2017, Sheryl Lindros Dolan, Senior Regulatory Consultant at Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), presented “Protecting Trade Secrets Around the World Part 1: Comparing CBI Requirements under New TSCA and OSHA HCS 2012” at the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Spring Meeting. Ms. Dolan’s presentation reviewed the requirements for confidential business information (CBI) protection under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), compared these requirements with those under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard ... read more >
March 20, 2017
James Aidala Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Mixed Review of Glyphosate Links to Cancer Frustrates Some”
On March 20, 2017, James Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report on the recently released report on the health risks posed by glyphosate. […]“My overall reaction to the report was that it was really uninformative,” Jim Aidala, a consultant with Bergeson & Campbell PC who served as the EPA's chemical office chief under President Bill Clinton, told Bloomberg BNA. The report goes back and forth between “some say this, and some say that,” which offers ... read more >
March 17, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson and James Aidala Quoted in Inside EPA Article “Fluoride Critics Eye Court Challenge To EPA's Denial Of TSCA Ban Petition”
On March 17, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), and James Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with Acta, were quoted in an Inside EPA article on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s denial of a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) petition to ban Flouride. […]But Lynn Bergeson of the law firm Bergeson & Campbell told Inside EPA in a March 10 email that de novo review "would pose considerable challenges for parties and explains why invoking this relief is rare." Bergeson and colleagues ... read more >
March 6, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “New Toxic Controls to Emerge in Chemical Sector's March Madness,” Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson
On March 6, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), on how B&C will handle the implementation of TSCA Reform. Four law firms contacted by Bloomberg BNA say they are able to file the comments they are preparing without hiring additional staff or contractors. Others say other aspects of TSCA's implementation has prompted them to seek new hires. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell PC in Washington, said that the firm may hire additional staff to address the backlog of hundreds of new chemical ... read more >
March 6, 2017
James Aidala Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “‘Crippling’ Cuts to EPA May Affect Chemical Oversight, Some Say”
On March 6, 2017, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report laying out responses that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may have to proposed budget cuts. There's a long process ahead before Congress decides what EPA's budget and staffing levels will be, Jim Aidala, who served under President Bill Clinton and now is a senior government affairs consultant with Bergeson & Campbell PC, and Jim Jones, who departed from the EPA in January told Bloomberg ... read more >
March 3, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Proposed EPA Cuts Incense State Funding Proponents”
On March 3, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report on how proposed EPA budget cuts could impact the chemical and pesticides program. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell PC, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm that specializes in chemical and pesticide regulations, told Bloomberg BNA this is good news for the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Office, which oversees both chemicals and pesticides. The OMB did not recommend any cuts to either the chemicals or ... read more >
February 28, 2017
Karin Baron Shares Asian Market Regulation Information at Exporting Chemicals and Hazardous Material
On February 23, 2017, Karin Baron, MSPH, Senior Regulatory Consultant with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®), presented “South Korean and China Regulations and Other Asian Market Regulations & Opportunities” at Exporting Chemicals and Hazardous Materials: Major Global Markets Regulatory Compliance. Ms. Baron’s presentation covered chemical control legislation approaches and hazard communications in China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, as well as emerging legislation in Taiwan, Thailand, and ... read more >
February 28, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes James Aidala on Upcoming EPA Budget Cuts
In the February 28, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the article “As Budget Cuts Loom, Industry Seeks to Save Some EPA Programs.” Staff already has grappled with smaller conference travel budgets, cuts in discretionary expenses, and less contractor support to assist with reducing environmental and health risks, said Jim Aidala, former EPA assistant administrator under President Bill Clinton and now a senior government affairs consultant with Bergeson & ... read more >
February 10, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted By Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Regarding How Manufacturers Should Participate in EPA Rulemaking
On February 10, 2017, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and President of the Acta Group (Acta®), Lynn L. Bergeson, was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “Vehicle, Furniture Makers Urged to Increase Role in Toxics Law.” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., said some manufacturers, such as companies that purchase nanoscale chemicals to make sports equipment, aren't well positioned to actively participate in EPA's rulemakings. Nevertheless responsible product ... read more >
February 9, 2017
Inside EPA Article, “Stakeholders Flag Early Concerns On EPA TSCA Risk Evaluation Proposal,” Quotes B&C Memorandum
On February 9, 2017, Inside EPA quoted Acta affiliate Bergeson & Campbell P.C.’s (B&C®) memorandum, “TSCA: EPA Releases Proposed Chemical Risk Evaluation Process under New TSCA,” regarding how a weight of evidence (WoE) approach would impact U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) risk evaluations. And a Jan. 19 Bergeson & Campbell memorandum on the proposal says that while the preamble contains language leading toward codifying an effective WoE approach, "A clear statement of EPA's approach to WOE in conducting risk evaluations would ... read more >
January 26, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article, “Trump ‘Gag Order’ Reports Make for Awkward First Impression,” Features Comments From James Aidala
On January 26, 2017, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group (Acta®), on the Trump administration’s handling of climate change communications. It's no surprise that Trump has de-emphasized climate change in his administration, said Jim Aidala, a consultant with Bergeson & Campbell PC in Washington, D.C., and former head of EPA's chemicals division under President Bill Clinton. But the new administration may have benefited from a more cautious ... read more >
January 24, 2017
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson On Implementation Of Nanoscale Materials Rule Featured In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report Article
On January 24, 2017, comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), were included in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report Article “White House Ices Energy, Environmental Rules Pending Review.” Attorneys said they were unsure of the memo's impact on an EPA rule (RIN:2070-AJ54) that requires manufacturers, importers and processors to submit information about nanoscale chemicals, including production volumes. This rule was published Jan. 12 and takes effect May 12, more than 60 days from the date of the Priebus memo. […]Lynn Bergeson, an ... read more >
January 17, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report Article “Process to Select Chemicals for Risk Review Proposed: EPA”
On January 17, 2017, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Process to Select Chemicals for Risk Review Proposed: EPA” included comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), discussing specifics of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed risk rule. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner with the Washington D.C.-based law firm Bergeson & Campbell, PC, said she too would have liked EPA's proposed rule to be clearer as to how exactly the criteria would translate into a decision as to whether high priority status is ... read more >
January 17, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report Article On EPA’s Proposed Commercial Chemical Review Strategy Features Comment By Lynn L. Bergeson
On January 17, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report included a quote by Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), in the article “EPA Proposes Strategy to Identify, Review Commercial Chemicals.” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell PC in Washington, D.C., told Bloomberg BNA, “EPA has done the near impossible in proposing three epic rules. Now the burden is on other stakeholders to define, clarify, and help the process ... read more >
January 16, 2017
WEBINAR - - Chemical Substance Regulation in Central and South America:  A Deeper Dive
  REGISTER TODAY Thursday, February 16, 2017, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time The Central and South American chemical regulatory environment continues to be one that is challenging to understand, navigate, and manage from a business perspective.  These challenges most often stem from one of three aspects:  a lack of knowledge concerning the regulatory and governmental authority structure; a challenge in determining which regulations (local, national, and/or trade bloc) apply; and obtaining the applicable regulations, and a translation thereof, in a timely manner.  As ... read more >
January 13, 2017
Issues Brought Up During BC-CM Producers Group Meeting Featured By Inside EPA Article
On January 13, 2017, slides from the B&C® Consortia Management’s (BC-CM) NMP Producers Group Meeting with the Office of Management and Budget were discussed in the Inside EPA article “Chemical Makers Cite TSCA Listing In Call For EPA To Drop NMP Proposal.” […] But representatives from Bergeson & Campbell on behalf of NMP producers in a Dec. 5 meeting with EPA and OMB officials ahead of the proposal's release argued that the rulemaking does not appear to be consistent with the completed risk assessment and therefore may violate section 26 under the ... read more >
January 11, 2017
The Top Chemical Regulatory Stories of 2016
  The attorneys, scientists, policy experts, and regulatory advisors of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), The Acta Group (Acta®), and B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM) endeavor year-round to keep you informed on key developments as they happen, and prepared for looming changes and deadlines, to help you maintain compliance and competitive advantage as you market your products throughout the world. As the new year begins, we offer you this look back at the top stories of 2016 (as measured by clicks, reads, and shares by readers of our blogs and e-mails), a ... read more >
January 10, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes James V. Aidala in “Flea Collar Report Offers Clues on Future Pesticide Regulations”
On January 10, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted The Acta Group (Acta®) Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs Consultant James V. Aidala regarding a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) risk assessment. The risk assessment also could be a sign of how the EPA will address the suite of organophosphate pesticides slated for review later this year, including chlorpyrifos and malathion. Industry groups are concerned this could hamper the extent to which the pesticides are used, and affect their bottom line. Epidemiological studies “can ... read more >
January 9, 2017
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. Quoted In Wired Article On New Chemical Regulations
On January 9, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in “The Chemical Industry’s Having a Bad Reaction to New Regs.” As a result, some chemists feel like they must dial back their ambitions to pass review. “New chemicals are taking significantly longer to get through the EPA process now,” says Rich Engler, a chemical consultant with environmental law firm Bergeson & Campbell. “If I were advising a client I would tell them to only try to develop something low hazard, because those are the only ones ... read more >
January 5, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article Quotes Charles M. Auer On Chemical Data Reporting Rule
On January 5, 2017, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article, “Outlook 2017: Amended Chemicals Law Implementation Top Priority,” quoted Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding how Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule information will be used in the future to help prioritize risk evaluations and other chemical regulatory activities. The EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention has work to do in 2017 beyond the specific mandates of the amended TSCA law. For example, the Chemical ... read more >
January 3, 2017
Stewardship 2016 eBook and On Demand Includes Lynn L. Bergeson’s Presentation On Emerging Nanotechnology
The Product Stewardship Society recently released Stewardship 2016, an eBook looking back on the highlights of Stewardship 2016. Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted discussing the U.S. regulatory framework for nanotechnology as well as potential legal and stewardship issues that nanochemicals face. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at Bergeson & Campbell, started working with nanotechnology a decade ago, when it was unclear how the U.S. regulatory framework would approach them. There was tremendous interest in leveraging R&D and finding appropriate ... read more >
December 14, 2016
WEBINAR - New RCRA Hazardous Waste Export-Import Rule
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST) On November 28, 2016, the Hazardous Waste Export-Import Revisions rule was published in the Federal Register and is effective as of December 31, 2016. This rule impacts thousands of entities that export and/or import shipments of hazardous wastes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is strengthening its standards to comport with requirements in place for Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries, to respond to recommendations issued by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, and to quell criticisms ... read more >
December 8, 2016
Lynn L. Bergeson Co-authors ACS Book “Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise”
The Acta Group (Acta®) President Lynn L. Bergeson contributed a chapter to the recently published book Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise, a two-volume American Chemical Society (ACS) symposium report that discusses advances in nanotechnology and the value of precautionary risk management. These volumes cover advances nanotechnology has made with materials, energy, electronic devices, agriculture, and biomedicine, as well as the regulatory response to these new technologies.  Ms. Bergeson contributed the chapter “Opportunities and Challenges for Health, Safety, and the ... read more >
December 7, 2016
Oscar Hernandez and Jim Aidala Quoted in “Risk Limits Under New Toxics Law May Continue Past Practice”
On December 7, 2016, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Oscar Hernandez, Ph.D., Senior Regulatory Chemist with The Acta Group (Acta®), and Jim Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with Acta, regarding how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will handle the new toxics law. Typically, the agency takes action on chemicals whose risks range between 1 in 10,000 excess cancer cases to 1 in 1 million excess cases. “They'd have to explain why they're moving out of that range if they did anything different,” former EPA toxics chief ... read more >
December 2, 2016
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson in “EPA Proposal Threatens Confidentiality, Chemical Makers Say”
On December 2, 2016, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report on how proposed changes to significant new use regulations would change the way confidential business information is handled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Bergeson & Campbell P.C. law firm summarized a position voiced throughout the trade association comments. “As currently drafted, the proposed modifications would not properly protect legitimate confidential business information claims,” wrote Lynn Bergeson, ... read more >
December 1, 2016
Acta Group Seeking Pesticide Registration Specialist To Join Our Growing Firm
The Acta Group (Acta®), a consulting firm affiliated with Washington, D.C. law firm Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), is seeking a pesticide registration specialist to join our growing team of regulatory consultants, scientists, and policy experts.  This position will be based in our Washington, D.C. office, although telework arrangements may be considered for the right candidate.  Applicants should be experienced in all aspects of preparing, submitting, and managing applications under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), having worked for ... read more >
November 30, 2016
“Trump Views on Chemicals Law Not Yet Known: Policy Watchers” Quotes James V. Aidala, Charles M. Auer, and Lynn L. Bergeson
On November 30, 2016, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Jim Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with Acta, and Lynn L. Bergeson, President of Acta, on impacts the Trump Administration may have on chemical laws. “It's very hard to know what the thinking is other than on big issues,” such as energy and water, Jim Aidala, a senior government affairs consultant with the Washington, D.C., office of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. said. […] Depending on ... read more >
November 30, 2016
Lynn L. Bergeson and Charles M. Auer Discuss Changes to EPA’s New Chemicals Program
On November 30, 2016, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report included comments by Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), and Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group, in the article “Groans Heard About Pace EPA's New Chemical Reviews.” The EPA appears to be making changes to the new chemicals program beyond what the law mandated, Charles Auer, former director of the EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, told Bloomberg BNA Nov. 21. He described the Lautenberg Act's revisions to the program as ... read more >
October 17, 2016
WEBINAR -- Current Opportunities and Challenges with Chemical Substance Regulation in Mexico and Central and South America
  Thursday, November 17, 2016, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time   REGISTER TODAY The Mexican and Central and South American chemical regulatory environment is challenging to understand, with relatively little consistency, even among neighboring countries.  The region is home to two major trading blocs, MERCOSUR (Mercado Común Del Sur) and the Andean Community of Nations (Comunidad Andina). Similar in basic concept to the European Union, these blocs impose overarching regulation and legislation on the individual member countries that often do not exist ... read more >
September 12, 2016
Charles M. Auer, Former Director of EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Joins Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are very pleased to announce that Charles M. Auer has joined our teams as Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor. For more than three decades, Mr. Auer has provided sagacious, informed, and deeply insightful guidance on legal, policy, and scientific matters related to the regulation of chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and related domestic and international chemical control laws. Mr. Auer's experience includes over 32 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most recently as the ... read more >
August 25, 2016
B&C Memoranda Featured In Inside EPA Article, “Attorneys Say Proposed TSCA Rule May Violate Trade Secret Provisions”
On August 25, 2016, Acta affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) memoranda “TSCA Reform: Proposed Changes to SNUR Procedures Would, Perhaps Inadvertently, Result in Disclosure of CBI to Third Parties/Possible Competitors” and “TSCA: Proposed Revisions to Significant New Use Rules Reflect Current Occupational Safety and Health Standards,” were discussed in an Inside EPA article on how Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform may violate trade secret provisions. "We do not read provisions in either old or new TSCA to authorize ... read more >
August 18, 2016
Chemical Watch Article “Law firm flags up issues in EPA Snur proposal” Quotes B&C Memorandum Conflict Between SNURs And Revised OSHA HCS
On August 18, 2016, Chemical Watch quoted Acta affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) memorandum, “TSCA: Proposed Revisions to Significant New Use Rules Reflect Current Occupational Safety and Health Standards,” in an article examining the conflict between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) proposal and the revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communications Standard (HCS). US agency's notice 'downplays' magnitude of changes, says Bergeson & ... read more >
August 15, 2016
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article On The Need To Submit Thoughtful PMNs to EPA
On July 15, 2016, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (ACTA®), in the article, “Give EPA Detailed New Chemical Notices, Attorneys Advise.” Pre-manufacture notifications, or PMNs, that makers must submit before they can produce or import a new chemical, and significant new use notifications, which companies must submit before they can make or use certain chemicals in new ways, “need to be much more strategic, thoughtful and detailed,” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell PC ... read more >
August 11, 2016
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article, “Fees Must Not Stymie Innovation, Chemical Makers Tell EPA,” Includes Comments From Kathleen M. Roberts
On August 11, 2016, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President of B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) And Acta, on the implication of additional fees created by Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) reform. Companies that pay the costs of generating toxicity, exposure and other data should not be “double billed” through additional fees to review the resulting information, said Walls and Kathleen Roberts, vice president of Bergeson & Campbell ... read more >
August 4, 2016
B&C Memorandum Quoted In Inside EPA Article “Attorneys Say EPA SNUR Aligning Protection With OSHA May Exceed TSCA”
On August 4, 2016, quotes from Acta affiliate Bergeson & Campbell P.C.’s (B&C®) memorandum “TSCA: Proposed Revisions to Significant New Use Rules Reflect Current Occupational Safety and Health Standards” were included in an Inside EPA article about conflicts between Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). A law firm that frequently represents industry clients is warning that a recently proposed rule that seeks to align EPA requirements for new uses of industrial chemicals with strict ... read more >
July 29, 2016
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Features Comments By Richard E. Engler On TCE Ban
On July 29, 2016, Richard E. Engler, Senior Chemist with The Acta Group (Acta®) and B&C, was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article, “White House Reviewing EPA Degreaser Ban.” A ban on TCE could affect a huge number of companies, according to Richard Engler, a senior chemist at the law firm Bergeson & Campbell. “This would affect any business that removes grease from metal,” Engler told Bloomberg BNA. “That could be mechanics large and small. … . I think it's lots and lots of ... read more >
July 25, 2016
Inside EPA Quotes B&C Memorandum In Article “EPA Issues First New Chemical Safety Reviews Under Reformed TSCA Law”
On July 25, 2016, Inside EPA quoted Acta affiliate Bergeson & Campbell P.C.’s (B&C®) memoranda “EPA Releases First Determinations for New Chemicals under New TSCA,” on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) use of structure activity relationship (SAR) in premanufacture notice (PMN) reviews. In a July 22 memo to clients and colleagues, the law firm Bergeson & Campbell also notes that EPA appears to have used structure activity relationship (SAR) modeling in its analyses, though the firm, unlike Denison, applauded the use ... read more >
July 22, 2016
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson In “First Decisions on New Chemicals Made Under Amended TSCA”
On June 22, 2016, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (ACTA®) and Managing Partner of B&C, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report discussing the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical regulatory process. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell P.C., told Bloomberg BNA: “On the whole, the process seems to be efficient, but stakeholders will need to monitor the ... read more >
July 21, 2016
Chemical Watch Features Comments By Michael S. Wenk On Planned Brazilian Chemical Registry
On July 21, 2016, Michael S. Wenk, Senior Regulatory Consultant with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Chemical Watch article Brazil maps out plans for industrial chemicals policy. Michael Wenk, senior regulatory consultant at law firm Bergeson & Campbell, said because there isn't a formal list of substances selected for the national register, “one could see” the environment ministry including parts of established national inventories, such as those in the US, Canada and Australia. “These inventories have significant science and institutional ... read more >
July 15, 2016
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson On New TSCA Chemical Provisions
On July 15, 2016, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), in the article “Give EPA Detailed New Chemical Notices, Attorneys Advise.” Pre-manufacture notifications, or PMNs, that makers must submit before they can produce or import a new chemical, and significant new use notifications, which companies must submit before they can make or use certain chemicals in new ways, “need to be much more strategic, thoughtful and detailed,” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell PC ... read more >
July 15, 2016
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted In Environmental Leader Article “What Does the Loss of ‘Green Chemistry’ Provision from Amended TSCA Mean for Biochemicals?”
On July 15, 2016, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in an Environmental Leader article on the impacts of the loss of a green chemistry provision from Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform. As Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell writes in a blog post, the provision “called for a study of how to best incentivize sustainable chemistry research and development, as well as support ‘economic, legal and other appropriate social science research to identify barriers to commercialization and methods to advance ... read more >
July 14, 2016
B&C Webinar Featured In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Companies Need EPA to Specify Exposure Texts for TSCA Data”
On July 14, 2016, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report included quotes from the B&C® and Chemical Watch webinar “The New TSCA Series Webinar 2: Impacts on New Chemical Programs.” Chemical manufacturers and processors will need to give exposure and toxicity data to the EPA for it to evaluate the risks of new and existing chemicals as required by the recently amended Toxic Substances Control Act, said Charles Auer, who directed the EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics under multiple administrations. Auer spoke July 14 during a webinar ... read more >
July 12, 2016
Lynn L. Bergeson Comments On TSCA Implementation Featured In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “More Than 300 New Chemicals Snagged as EPA Implements Law”
On July 12, 2016, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “More Than 300 New Chemicals Snagged as EPA Implements Law.” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell PC, told Bloomberg BNA July 11 the number of new chemicals affected by the EPA's implementation of the newly amended Toxic Substances Control Act isn't large. For an individual company, however, every day that delays its ability to bring a new chemical or a new use of a chemical to ... read more >
July 11, 2016
IHS Chemical Week Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson On EPA Implementing TSCA Reform
On July 11, 2016, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the IHS Chemical Week article “Responsible Care: TSCA reform and enhancing product safety.” “Chemical companies need to start paying attention to what EPA is doing and announcing—and raise concerns so they can be heard.” Lynn Bergeson, a managing partner at environmental law firm Bergeson & Campbell, agrees, adding chemical companies should “carefully monitor [EPA’s] rulemaking process immediately.” Bergeson said that there are ... read more >
July 1, 2016
ABA Journal Includes Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson In Article “The Good, the Bad, and the Tiny”
On July 1, 2016, the ABA Journal quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), on the future of nanotechnology legal obligations. “The legal profession needs to be very mindful of the legal obligations that arise because of this technology,” says Lynn L. Bergeson, the managing director at Bergeson & Campbell in Washington, D.C., and chair of the Pesticides, Chemical Regulation and Right-to-Know Committee in the ABA Section of Environ­ment, Energy and Re­sources. “Some say nano is the wild, wild West out there, but nothing ... read more >
June 30, 2016
“Amended Law Affecting New Chemicals' Market Entry,” Article Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson On PMN Reviews
On June 30, 2016, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “Amended Law Affecting New Chemicals' Market Entry,” discussing the impact of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) premanufacture notifications (PMNs) reviews. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell PC, told Bloomberg BNA June 30 that because of the changes, the Environmental Protection Agency “reset the clock” and is ... read more >
June 29, 2016
Chemical Watch Webinar Series -- "'The New TSCA' - What You Need to Know"
  Webinar 2: "Impacts on New and Existing Chemicals Programs"     Thursday, July 14, 2016 8:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time/11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time/16:00 British Summer Time   Register Today In this second episode of the complimentary webinar series "The New TSCA -- What You Need To Know," Chemical Watch and an assembled faculty of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) experts will take a deeper dive into the profound changes that the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) makes to TSCA Sections 4, 5, and ... read more >
June 29, 2016
B&C Memorandum Quoted In Inside EPA Article, “Chemical Sector Sees Early Concerns With EPA TSCA New Chemicals Plan”
On June 29, 2016, Inside EPA quoted the Bergeson & Campbell P.C. (B&C®) memorandum, “TSCA Reform:  An Analysis of Key Provisions and Fundamental Shifts in the Amended TSCA,” analyzing the new TSCA law. The law firm Bergeson & Campbell in a June 22 analysis of the new law says that the amended section 26(p) of TSCA "arguably afford EPA broad discretion to establish procedures for disposing of any Section 5 cases that are pending before EPA (including those under voluntary suspensions) at the time of enactment." The firm says the language ... read more >
June 23, 2016
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Launches TSCAblog.com to Provide News and Analysis on TSCA Reform Implementation and Related Legal and Policy Developments
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) announced today the launch of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Blog (TSCAblog™) to track and report regulatory, scientific, legal, and policy developments under the "new TSCA." On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg), which makes important changes to TSCA and is the first revision of U.S. domestic chemical management law in 40 years. Stakeholders will need immediately to understand what the "new TSCA" means for their industrial operations ... read more >
June 22, 2016
James V. Aidala Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “EPA Must Adjust to New Toxics Law, Former Officials Say”
On June 22, 2016, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article on the expected U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Jim Aidala, former head of the EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, told Bloomberg BNA the first few months of implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act will be “chaotic in the happy sense” ... read more >
June 16, 2016
Chemical Watch Quotes James V. Aidala On TSCA Reform Implementation
On June 16, 2016, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Chemical Watch article “EPA Implementation Of TSCA To Be ‘Enormous Undertaking.’” The Lautenberg Act sets out “very aggressive deadlines” that will “not be easy to meet”, agreed Jim Aidala – a former Assistant Administrator for the EPA Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances (OPPTS) and senior government consultant at Bergeson & Campbell – during a Chemical ... read more >
June 16, 2016
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report features comments by Lynn L. Bergeson On Conflicts Between TSCA Reform and California DTSC
On June 16, 2016, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article, “California Agency Examining Impacts of TSCA-Reform Bill.” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell PC, said federal preemption would apply only to certain actions, such as restrictions. It wouldn't extend to state laws that require reporting or monitoring. “That said, TSCA preemption would appear to have its most potentially consequential impact on the Safer Consumer Products ... read more >
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