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March 11, 2019
HazMat Management Republishes Acta’s Article “PHMSA Study Will Assess Aligning U.S. and International Regulations for Aerosol Containers”
On March 11, 2019, the HazMat Management magazine republished The Acta Group's (Acta®) article “PHMSA Study Will Assess Aligning U.S. and International Regulations for Aerosol Containers.” HazMat Management magazine has covered Canadian environmental health and safety compliance issues for over 17 years. The full article on the HazMat Management page is now available ... read more >
March 11, 2019
Bloomberg Environment Includes Quotes from James V. Aidala in “EPA Budget Calls for Speedier Pesticide Reviews”
On March 11, 2019, Bloomberg Environment featured comments by James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding a plan for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cut two months off the time it takes to review pesticide registrations. One chemical-industry consultant says the EPA’s ability to shave 60 days from its reviews depends on the kind of registration. “You’re not going to cut two months from a product with a four- or a six-month review time,” said James V. Aidala, a government affairs ... read more >
March 1, 2019
Inside EPA Quotes B&C’s Forecast 2019 in the Article “EPA submits TSCA CBI proposal for White House review”
On March 1, 2019, Inside EPA quoted Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2019 regarding ongoing lawsuits that could foreshadow future challenges to the CBI proposal. The law firm Bergeson & Campbell says in its “Forecast 2019” publication that environmentalists' ongoing lawsuit on EPA's “Inventory notification rule … may presage a challenge to the CBI review rule.” The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) claims that EPA’s 2017 inventory notification rule ... read more >
February 28, 2019
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., included in Bloomberg Environment Article Regarding Worker Safeguards
On February 28, 2019, Bloomberg Environment featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Acta, in the article “Chemical Law’s Worker Safeguards Ditched by EPA, Advocates Say.” Safety data sheets impose obligations on employers, said Richard E. Engler, director of chemistry for the Bergeson & Campbell PC law firm. The firm manages the TSCA New Chemicals Coalition in which chemical manufacturers share experiences with and concerns about the agency’s new chemicals ... read more >
February 22, 2019
Inside EPA Includes Quotes From Christopher R. Bryant in The Article “Clock starts for suits on pharmaceutical waste rule”
On February 22, 2019, Inside EPA featured comments by Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently released pharmaceutical waste rule. A former EPA waste official believes the rule will almost certainly draw litigation. “I would bet my one-eyed, drunken dog on it,” says Chris Bryant, a former agency waste official who is now a senior regulatory consultant with Bergeson and Campbell. See - ... read more >
February 20, 2019
Inside EPA Includes Quotes from James V. Aidala Regarding Alexandra Dunn’s Implementation of TSCA
On February 20, 2019, Inside EPA featured comments by James V. Aidala, Senior Government Affairs Consultant with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), in the article “New EPA Toxics Chief Seeks To Quell Critics As Agency Implements TSCA.” Jim Aidala, a former EPA toxics chief in the Clinton administration who is now with Bergeson & Campbell, said that Dunn’s confirmation will help the agency navigate its heavy workload in implementing the new law, even as the agency will face stepped-up oversight from House lawmakers and possible criticism from Democratic ... read more >
February 15, 2019
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Inside EPA Article “Plaintiffs Weigh Appeal After Court Rejects EPA Science Advisor Policy Suit”
On February 15, 2019, Inside EPA featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding a suit brought against the Trump EPA's policy barring any recipient of an EPA grant from serving on one of its many scientific advisory committees McFadden's ruling is not a total victory for EPA, since the agency had argued for dismissal on standing, ripeness and merits grounds. While McFadden dismissed the suit on the merits, he did find for the plaintiffs on standing and ripeness -- and the other judges could as well. Lynn Bergeson, ... read more >
February 5, 2019
Inside EPA Features Recent B&C TSCAblogTM Post in “ADAO Asks EPA To Reconsider Asbestos Petition Denial, States File Petition” Article
On February 5, 2019, Inside EPA quoted Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) TSCAblogTM post “Attorneys General Petition EPA to Issue Asbestos Reporting Rule” regarding a state petition for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue an asbestos reporting rule under TSCA Section 8(a). The law firm Bergeson & Campbell writes in a Feb. 1 post on its TSCAblog that the states' “petition cites EPA’s denial” of the advocates' petition “seeking similar action that the Attorneys General are ... read more >
January 31, 2019
Inside EPA Features Excerpts of B&C’s Forecast 2019 in “EPA sends proposed CDR revisions for OMB review"
On January 31, 2019, Inside EPA quoted Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) Forecast 2019 regarding proposed changes to the Consumer Data Reporting (CDR) rule. “While these proposed changes may be helpful to the reporting community, it is imperative that EPA move quickly with its proposals so stakeholders are fully educated well before the next reporting cycle in 2020,” the law firm Bergeson & Campbell PC, which represents chemical sector clients says in its 2019 forecast of chemical regulations. “EPA has made changes in ... read more >
January 31, 2019
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Full Circle Blog Post “The Push and Pull of Product Stewardship Revealed”
On January 31, 2019, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and President-Elect of the Product Stewardship Society (PSS) was featured in PSS’s blog post about the closing session of Product Stewardship 2018. The closing session of Product Stewardship 2018 focused on the two forces that often drive the industry: government regulation and customer demand. Product Stewardship Society President-Elect Lynn Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, moderated a discussion between Dr. Nancy Beck, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the ... read more >
January 29, 2019
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted By Inside EPA Regarding EPA’s Increased Backlog of Chemical Applications
On January 29, 2019, Inside EPA quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), in the article “EPA Faces New Backlog Of Chemical Applications After Shutdown Ends.” A draft framework the agency crafted in 2017 to speed PMN reviews drew widespread criticisms from environmentalists and others, forcing Wheeler to pledge late last year that the agency would reconsider the most recent draft review plan. But the shutdown will bring a new backlog of PMNs now that the agency has reopened. “They had the backlog ... read more >
January 28, 2019
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted By Bloomberg Environment in “EPA’s Chemicals Office May Begin Normal Work By Week’s End”
On January 28, 2019, Bloomberg Environment quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) resuming work after the government shutdown. Employees in the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemicals office may be able to begin their normal tasks reviewing new and evaluating the risks of existing ones by the end of this week, said Richard Engler, director of chemistry at Bergeson & Campbell PC. Engler worked for 17 years in the EPA’s chemicals office ... read more >
January 25, 2019
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding A Delayed Deadline for New York’s Ingredient Disclosure Requirements
On January 25, 2019, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “New York Pushes Back Cleaning Products’ Disclosure Deadline.” Cleaning product manufacturers and their suppliers are hard put to comply with both New York’s and California’s ingredient disclosure requirements because they are dissimilar, said Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson and Campbell PC, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specializing in chemical policies. New York’s program set ... read more >
January 24, 2019
Chemical Watch Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding the Impact of the Shutdown on TSCA Statutory Deadlines
On January 24, 2019, Chemical Watch spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “Shutdown-related delays could compromise TSCA statutory deadlines.” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at Bergeson & Campbell, said that the shutdown is stretching the limits of what the EPA is capable of completing in terms of TSCA implementation. "I am concerned simply because we all live in the real world, and we have people who are now, by law, not able to work," she said. "Even for ... read more >
January 18, 2019
Inside EPA Features Excerpts of B&C’s Informative Forecast 2019
On January 18, 2019, Inside EPA extensively quoted Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) Forecast 2019 in the article “EPA Shutdown Stymies Looming TSCA Assessment, Rule Deadlines.” Observers are also waiting for EPA to publish its updated TSCA inventory, the list of all existing chemicals, after receiving submissions from industry on which chemicals are deemed active -- manufactured, processed or imported within the past decade -- or inactive. Its publication will start a clock on yet another rulemaking. EPA's framework rule on the TSCA inventory and ... read more >
January 18, 2019
Inside EPA Features Comments by Kathleen M. Roberts Regarding Implementation of TSCA Fee Structure
On January 18, 2019, Inside EPA spoke with Kathleen M. Roberts, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “EPA's Fee Rule Takes Effect Without Suit, A First For TSCA Framework.” Kathleen Roberts, a senior regulatory consultant at the law firm Bergeson & Campbell, suggested that the clarity of the statute regarding fees dissuaded critics from challenging EPA's final rule. “I believe that there were no challenges because the legislative language is very clear as to how much EPA could collect in TSCA fees. The ... read more >
January 18, 2019
Bloomberg Environment Includes Quotes From James V. Aidala In The Article “Pesticide Makers Face Product Approval Delays During Shutdown”
On January 18, 2019, Bloomberg Environment featured comments by James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding delayed pesticide product approvals. The EPA also processes thousands of applications for so-called “me-too” chemicals—pesticides that are nearly identical to other products already on the market. “EPA is normally able to process those applications pretty quickly,” said Jim Aidala, a government affairs consultant for Bergeson and Campbell PC. Many farmers and small and ... read more >
January 16, 2019
Chemical Watch Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding the Impact of the Shutdown on TSCA New Chemical Reviews
On January 16, 2019, Chemical Watch spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), for the article “Shutdown spells further delays to TSCA new chemicals reviews.” "Until we have information from the agency, we are more or less assuming that [new chemical review processes] are all suspended, Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at Bergeson & Campbell, told Chemical Watch. And the fear for many is that the shutdown will exacerbate an already overtaxed new chemicals review process, compromising the ability for companies to bring new ... read more >
January 11, 2019
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments by Kathleen M. Roberts Regarding Delayed CDR Rule
On January 11, 2019, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Kathleen M. Roberts, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “Chemical Makers’ Data Duties Delayed by Shutdown.” “Assuming the proposed changes are not major, the delay in releasing the proposed [Chemical Data Reporting] rule is an inconvenience rather than a block impeding chemical manufacturers ability to do business,” said Kathleen M. Roberts, a vice president at Bergeson and Campbell, P.C. in Washington, D.C. “The delay may cost chemical ... read more >
January 7, 2019
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., in the Article “Wheeler Pledges More ‘Sunshine’ on Chemical Oversight”
On January 7, 2019, Bloomberg Environment quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®) and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Acta, regarding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s pledge to make public more information about chemical safety decisions. Richard Engler, director of chemistry at Bergeson & Campbell PC, described Wheeler’s promises as reflecting “EPA’s commitment to fulfilling its responsibilities with regard to transparency in EPA’s TSCA processes.” The ... read more >
January 7, 2019
Inside EPA Includes Quotes From James V. Aidala In The Article “Democrats Seek PRIA Passage After EPA Vows To Preserve Pesticide Rules”
On January 7, 2019, Inside EPA featured comments by James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding new efforts to reauthorize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) program. EPA's authority to collect fees lapsed Dec. 21 when lawmakers failed to approve legislation funding EPA and other agencies, depriving them of a legislative vehicle to which they could attach a PRIA reauthorization. While the agency's pesticides office operated under the partial ... read more >
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 >
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