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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 >
August 21, 2018
Christopher R. Bryant Quoted In Bloomberg Environment Article “Stricter Coal Ash Disposal Oversight Is EPA’s Latest Legal Setback”
On August 21, 2018, Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Specialist, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s recent order for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider multiple parts of a 2015 regulation determining “how coal-fired energy utilities could dispose of coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity.” The decision could influence some utilities to change their current coal ash disposal practices. Christopher Bryant, senior ... read more >
August 10, 2018
B&C’s TSCAblog™ Quoted By Inside EPA Regarding A Call For Clarity On The Reach Of EPA’s Approach To Oxirane Approval
On August 10, 2018, Inside EPA’s article “Industry Backs EPA Chemical Approval But Seeks Clarity On TSCA Process” included comments from TSCAblog’s August 6, 2018, post “EPA Adds Clarity to Interpretation of “Reasonably Foreseeable Conditions of Use”.”  Industry attorneys are welcoming EPA's recent approval of a new chemical that took a narrow view of the substance's “reasonably foreseen uses” that the agency is required to consider, but are urging officials to clarify whether the approach is intended to apply more ... read more >
August 2, 2018
Kathleen M. Roberts Quoted By Bloomberg Environment Regarding New SNURs for 145 Chemicals
On August 2, 2018, Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President, B&C Consortia Management (BCCM), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment in the article “Manufacturers’ Core Questions Remain on EPA’s New Chemical Controls.” Some potential customers won’t purchase any compound regulated by a new use rule, even if the new chemical is better for the environment and safer than alternatives, Kathleen M. Roberts, vice president of Bergeson & Campbell Consortia Management LLC, told Bloomberg Environment Aug. 1. Downstream users often perceive the new chemicals as ... read more >
July 31, 2018
Christopher R. Bryant Quoted In Bloomberg Environment Article “Laggard States Pushed to Take Waste Powers by EPA”
On July 31, 2018, Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Specialist, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding states that have delayed adoption of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waste regulations by more than three decades.  Delays can affect companies if regulations provide relief in the form of an exemption to a rule or cost savings, Christopher Bryant, senior regulatory consultant for Bergeson & Campbell PC in Washington, told Bloomberg Environment. Companies would have to wait for states to adopt those changes before getting ... read more >
July 25, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson Interviewed By Scott Tong of Marketplace Regarding TCE Ban
On July 24, 2018, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®) was featured on the radio show Marketplace from American Public Media during a segment on the degreaser Trichloroethylene (TCE) and its status under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).  Reporter Scott Tong visited the site of a former ViewMaster toy plant outside of Portland, Oregon where TCE has been linked to cancer in some former employees. Tong reported that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified TCE as a human carcinogen in 2011, and proposed banning certain uses of the degreaser in ... read more >
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