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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 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)  Complimentary Registration Available Online   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 chemicals law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and making progress in diminishing the ... 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 >
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