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December 21, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Includes Quotes From Christopher R. Bryant In The Article “2019 Outlook: EPA To Ease Companies’ Coal Ash Disposal Rules”
On December 21, 2018, Bloomberg Environment featured comments by Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Specialist, The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to update coal ash disposal requirements. The changes are consistent with the agency’s preference for states to take the lead on setting their own disposal requirements, Christopher Bryant, senior regulatory consultant for Bergeson & Campbell PC in Washington, told Bloomberg Environment. The agency is likely considering that “one size fits all doesn’t ... read more >
December 20, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding Potential Impacts Of A Government Shutdown On The EPA Chemical Program
On December 20, 2018, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), for the article “‘Calamitous’ Harm Possible for EPA Chemical Program in Shutdown.” Shutting the government down could have particularly severe effects on the EPA’s oversight of chemicals in commerce and further delay the entry of new chemicals onto the market, two attorneys specializing in chemical policy told Bloomberg Environment. “If a shutdown were to occur—any shutdown of any length—would invite calamitous ... read more >
December 19, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding EPA’s 2019 Chemical Rules Outlook
On December 19, 2018, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), for the article “2019 Outlook: ‘Most Active Year Yet’ Looms on EPA Chemical Rules.” The EPA didn’t reply to a question about how many people are working in its chemicals office but said it was allowed to hire up to 340 in fiscal year 2018, an increase from 311 in the previous year. The agency said it couldn’t comment on how many people it will have in fiscal year 2019 until Congress decides on the EPA budget. But the workload facing the ... read more >
November 28, 2018
Inside EPA Features Recent B&C Blog Post in “Former ORD Acting Chief Joins EPA Toxics Office Leadership” Article
On November 28, 2018, Inside EPA included information on Lek Kadeli’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appointment first posted in Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) TSCAblogTM post “EPA Announces New Acting Deputy AA at OCSPP.” Lek Kadeli, a top former EPA career official in the research office (ORD), is joining the management team for EPA's toxics office, bolstering the office as it ramps up to implement the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Senate prepares to consider Alexandra Dunn, the Trump ... read more >
November 26, 2018
Inside EPA References B&C Memorandum On EPA’s First Draft TSCA Risk Evaluation
On November 26, 2018, Inside EPA included information from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) memorandum “EPA Publishes First Draft TSCA Chemical Risk Evaluation” in the article “EPA's PV29 Assessment Likely to Test Reformed TSCA's Data Standards.” In a Nov. 16 memo on the draft's release, the law firm Bergeson and Campbell suggests that there may be little reason to challenge the agency's finding though it leaves the door open to questioning the data EPA relied on. The draft “appears to cover all of the key elements ... read more >
November 14, 2018
Inside EPA Features Comments By Christopher R. Bryant Regarding Conditional RCRA Exemptions for Airbag Removals
On November 14, 2018, Inside EPA spoke with Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Specialist, The Acta Group (Acta®), for the article “EPA Eases RCRA For Airbag Removals But Keeps Hazardous Waste Status.” [W]hile dealers and others removing the airbags will be conditionally exempt under the new rule, others further down the waste stream will not, says Chris Bryant, a former EPA waste official who is now a senior regulatory consultant with Bergeson and Campbell.  […] Bryant, the industry consultant, notes EPA spends much space in the rule justifying ... read more >
November 13, 2018
Charles M. Auer Quoted In Inside EPA Article “Congress Gears Up For TSCA Oversight But Bipartisan Prospects Limited”
On November 13, 2018, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Inside EPA regarding Congress’ plan to oversee the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). “There may be some bipartisan oversight on nuts and bolts questions. But my guess is that each side will generally focus questions on 'their' issues and concerns,” says Charles Auer, a former EPA toxics official who now serves as the senior regulatory and policy adviser at the law ... read more >
November 12, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Interviewed By Rebecca Hersher of Morning Edition
On November 12, 2018, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry for The Acta Group (Acta®), was featured on National Public Radio’s (NPR) morning news program “Morning Edition” during a segment on the chemical methylene chloride.  Reporter Rebecca Hersher asked Dr. Engler, a 17-year veteran of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) and leader of EPA's Green Chemistry Program, about EPA’s review of methylene chloride and proposed restrictions to consumer use of the chemical. You ... read more >
November 6, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted By Bloomberg Environment in “Chemical Rule Deluge May Catch Companies Off Guard”
On November 6, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding new chemical rules. Before 2016, the EPA took regulatory action on 10-15 percent of new chemicals, clearing the way for 85-90 percent of new compounds to proceed without restrictions, Richard Engler, Bergeson and Campbell PC’s director of chemistry, said. But since the amendments to the nation’s primary chemicals law passed in June 2016, those proportions have switched, he has said. If this trend continues, more firms throughout the chemical ... read more >
November 5, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted By Bloomberg Environment Regarding Recent Chemical Rules
On November 5, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, The Acta Group (Acta®), in the article “More Sales, Broader Safeguards May Follow Chemical Rule Deluge.” The rules broaden sales opportunities for both the companies that designed these chemicals and ones that want to make or use them, Richard Engler, who was a chemist at the Environmental Protection Agency for 17 years, told Bloomberg Environment. […] The EPA’s release of the new use rules is good news for the original manufacturers, said Engler, who became ... read more >
November 1, 2018
B&C Launches All Things Chemical™ Podcast with Debut Episode “Animal Testing and New TSCA”
  Washington, D.C. (November 1, 2018):  Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is launching a podcast today.  It is called All Things Chemical™ and it will engage listeners in intelligent, insightful conversation about everything related to industrial, pesticidal, and specialty chemicals and the law and business issues surrounding chemicals. B&C’s talented team of lawyers, scientists, and consultants will keep listeners abreast of the changing world of both domestic and international chemical regulation and provide analysis of the many intriguing and ... read more >
October 19, 2018
B&C Presents “Keeping up with FSMA – Rules, Obligations, and Key Compliance Dates” Webinar
On October 17, 2018, The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) presented a complimentary webinar regarding pending implementation dates of key U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. “Keeping up with FSMA – Rules, Obligations, and Key Compliance Dates” was presented by Karin F. Baron, MSPH, Senior Regulatory Consultant, B&C, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C, and Scott J. Burya, Ph.D., Regulatory Chemist, B&C, and showed registrants how to prepare for forthcoming deadlines ... read more >
October 18, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted By Inside EPA in “Despite Suggestion, EPA Floats First SNURs Using Streamlined Framework”
On October 18, 2018, Inside EPA quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding Acta affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.'s (B&C®) memorandum “EPA Proposes SNURs that Break New Ground under Amended TSCA.” Industry attorneys are welcoming the agency's approach, suggesting it sets a precedent for future agency action. “The proposed SNUR is interesting, important, and controversial, as this is the first time under the new law for which EPA is proposing to apply SNUR authority to non-[enforcement] order . . ... read more >
October 16, 2018
Inside EPA Quotes B&C’s “EPA Issues Final TSCA Fees Rule” Memorandum
On October 16, 2018, Inside EPA quoted The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell P.C.'s (B&C®) memorandum “EPA Issues Final TSCA Fees Rule” in the article “EPA finalizes TSCA fees rule but legal challenges possible.” A Sept. 28 memo from the law firm Bergeson & Campbell notes that “the final rule will apply to all submissions that are received starting October 1, 2018. EPA stated that it will invoice affected companies within 30 days of the effective date.” […] Bergeson & Campbell in its memo ... read more >
October 12, 2018
Fall 2018 Regulatory, Testing, and Policy Trends for Chemical Consortia
Now more than ever, chemical industry stakeholders with shared business and advocacy interests are urged to consider collaborating on regulatory, testing, and related advocacy opportunities. Two years post-passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act means the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is well underway with implementation of the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).      Industry groups that are already established and working efficiently when EPA initiates an action under TSCA will be most successful in nimbly and ... read more >
October 10, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson Moderates “Sustainable Investment in Agriculture: Improving Agricultural Land Investment Contracts and the Contracting Process” at the IBA Annual Conference
On October 8, 2018, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, (The Acta Group®), moderated “Sustainable Investment in Agriculture: Improving Agricultural Land Investment Contracts and the Contracting Process” at the legal profession’s largest international event, the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference held this year in Rome, Italy. Ms. Bergeson is Vice Chairman of IBA’s Agricultural Law Committee. Panelists Katherine Cook, Matrix Chambers; Marsha A Echols, Howard University; James Gathii, Loyola University Chicago School of Law; Gibson Guvheya, World Bank; ... read more >
October 1, 2018
Product Stewardship Society President-Elect Lynn L. Bergeson Moderates “Drivers of Product Stewardship” of Product Stewardship 2018
On September 29, 2018, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), and President-Elect of the Product Stewardship Society (PSS) moderated the closing session, “Drivers of Product Stewardship: The Role of Regulations, Private Governance, and Managing,” at the 2018 Product Stewardship Conference in Washington D.C. This conference addressed global safety, environmental, and regulatory challenges by bringing together prominent professionals to present and discuss global emerging issues, case studies, practical experiences, and new developments. The closing session ... read more >
September 24, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted by Bloomberg Environment in “Ecological, Health Data on New Fluorochemicals Coming, EPA Says”
On September 24, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to expand the list of fluorochemicals on the ChemView database. Companies making new fluorochemicals had to generate more than $25 million worth of health, environmental fate, degradation data, and other information under agreements they made, the agency told Bloomberg Environment in October 2008. All of the companies Richard Engler, a chemist who worked at the EPA from 1997 until 2015, worked ... read more >
September 21, 2018
Keeping up with FSMA—Rules, Obligations, and Key Compliance Dates
  Wednesday, October 17, 2018 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EDT)  Complimentary Registration Available Online   Speakers: ■  Karin F. Baron, MSPH Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®)   ■  Lynn L. Bergeson Managing Partner, B&C; President, Acta   ■  Scott J. Burya, Ph.D. Regulatory Chemist, B&C and Acta   With key implementation dates of several core elements of the U.S. Food and Drug ... read more >
September 20, 2018
B&C and Bloomberg BNA Present “TSCA Confidential Business Information and Generic Naming: Analyzing the New Rules” Webinar
On September 18, 2018, The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Bloomberg BNA presented “TSCA Confidential Business Information and Generic Naming: Analyzing the New Rules,” the fourth webinar in the 2018 Chemical Policy Summit Series. The presenters noted that protecting confidential business information (CBI), including chemical identity, has never been easy but remains an essential component of a successful commercial chemical strategy, and cautioned that amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 14 is much more ... read more >
September 19, 2018
Kathleen M. Roberts Quoted By Bloomberg Environment Regarding Chemical Use Data Shared With EPA
On September 19, 2018, Kathleen M. Roberts, Senior Regulatory Consultant, for The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment in the article “U.S. Chemical Makers’ Sharing of Use Data Stirs Debate.” TSCA and REACH also are different laws in different stages of implementation, which explains some of the divergent responses of U.S. and European manufacturers, said Kathleen M. Roberts, a senior regulatory consultant in Bergeson & Campbell, PC’s Washington office. For example, REACH required ... read more >
September 14, 2018
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Presents “Chemical Regulation in the Middle East” Webinar
On September 12, 2018, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) presented “Chemical Regulation in the Middle East.” This complimentary webinar was developed in conjunction with the recently released book “Chemical Regulation in the Middle East,” written by Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant with B&C and Acta. Mr. Wenk presented an overview of chemical substance regulation in the Middle East with a focus on key chemical control programs in Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Oman, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. Mr. Wenk focused ... read more >
September 4, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson In “Preservative Pinch Shows Need for Options, Supply Chain Preparation”
On September 4, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®) regarding a shortage of 1,2-benzisothiazol-3(2H)-one. An ongoing global shortage of a chemical used in inks, disinfectants, cleaning, and many other products shows why manufacturers need backup plans to ensure they can meet their commercial obligations, an attorney told Bloomberg Environment. “This may well be an illustration of the new normal,” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., told Bloomberg Environment by email Aug. 31. The shortage of a ... read more >
August 31, 2018
New Book and Webinar Provide Vital Guidance Regarding “Chemical Regulation in the Middle East”
  Complimentary webinar on September 12, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (EDT) Register online The Acta Group (Acta®) and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) are pleased to announce the publication of “Chemical Regulation in the Middle East,” written by Michael S. Wenk, M.S. This first of its kind handbook offers an essential guide to the patchwork of chemical regulatory programs and the complex system of permits and licenses that manage chemicals in the countries of the Middle East. It also explores the range of ministry, legislative, and other decrees that ... read more >
August 24, 2018
The Acta Group and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Release New Book Chemical Regulation in the Middle East
The Acta Group (Acta®) and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) are pleased to announce the publication of “Chemical Regulation in the Middle East,” written by Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant with Acta and B&C. This first of its kind handbook offers an essential guide to the patchwork of chemical regulatory programs and the complex system of permits and licenses that manage chemicals in the countries of the Middle East. It also explores the range of ministry, legislative, and other decrees that encompass pesticides, occupational safety and ... read more >
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