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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 >
July 25, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted by Bloomberg Environment Regarding Late NoC as EPA Updates TSCA Inventory
On July 25, 2018, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding late notices of containment (NoC) filed as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brings the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory up to date in the article “EPA OK’d Apparent Violations of Chemicals Law.” Sometimes the agency fails to process a commencement notice correctly, said Richard E. Engler, director of chemistry with the Washington office of Bergeson & Campbell P.C. In such cases, the agency seems to be ... read more >
July 25, 2018
BRAG Requests that EPA Adopt TSCA Inventory Representation and Equivalency For Renewable and Sustainable Biobased Chemicals
Washington D.C.:  Representatives of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) and representatives of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff to discuss the two groups’ recently-issued white paper, “Proposal for a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Representation and Equivalency Determinations for Renewable and Sustainable Bio-based Chemicals.”  BRAG and BIO members provided a presentation for EPA staff that outlined the regulatory challenges and market impedance ... read more >
July 12, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Quotes James V. Aidala In “No Head of EPA Toxics, Pesticides Office Expected Any Time Soon”
On July 12, 2018, Bloomberg Environment included comments from James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®) regarding difficulties that the Trump administration may face in nominating a head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)  chemicals and pesticides office after a difficult confirmation process caused the former nominee, Michael Dourson, to withdraw. Beck could be a candidate for the assistant administrator role, “but she’d face the same challenges Dourson did,” said Jim Aidala, senior ... read more >
July 12, 2018
James V. Aidala Quoted In Bloomberg Environment Article “Wheeler More Aware of Chemical Issues Than Most EPA Heads”
On July 12, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®) regarding Acting Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Andrew Wheeler’s experience with the chemical regulatory landscape.  The EPA’s new acting administrator is more familiar than past agency heads were with the nation’s primary chemicals statute, giving him insight into tensions arising in implementing it, attorneys said. The attorneys also predicted that Andrew Wheeler—who worked in the ... read more >
June 25, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Quotes B&C Webinar “TSCA at 2: An Update on Implementation and Hot Topics” In “New Chemical Reviews, Regulations Said to Impede Commerce”
On June 25, 2018, Bloomberg Environment included quotes from The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®)’s “TSCA at 2: An Update on Implementation and Hot Topics” webinar in the article “New Chemical Reviews, Regulations Said to Impede Commerce.” The growing number of rules that are accompanying new chemicals is causing marketplace problems, said Michael Gould, environmental, health, and safety committee chairman with RadTech North America. The EPA has been regulating about 90 percent of the new chemicals it has ... read more >
June 25, 2018
“TSCA at 2: An Update on Implementation and Hot Topics” Webinar Quoted By Bloomberg Environment
On June 25, 2018, Bloomberg Environment included quotes from The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®)’s “TSCA at 2: An Update on Implementation and Hot Topics” webinar in the article “Chemical Companies Get Flexibility in Data Submissions, May Cut Costs.” The EPA will start asking chemical manufacturers to provide certain types of health, ecological, or other data for new chemicals instead of directing them to conduct specific tests of their chemicals, said Nancy Beck, deputy assistant administrator for chemical ... read more >
June 22, 2018
Brian Xu, M.D., Ph.D., DABT®, Quoted in Nature Article “US–Chinese Trade War Puts Scientists In The Cross Hairs”
On June 22, 2018, Brian Xu, M.D., Ph.D., DABT®, Toxicologist with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Nature regarding proposed Chinese tariffs on U.S. chemicals and scientific equipment. Brian Xu, a toxicologist for the scientific consulting firm ACTA in Washington DC, which works with businesses in mainland China, agrees that China’s proposal to place tariffs on US chemicals and scientific equipment is unlikely to have a major effect on Chinese research. He notes that scientists there import only a small amount of US-made chemicals, and that infrequently-replaced ... read more >
June 21, 2018
Career Opportunity: Regulatory Assistant - Entry Level
The Acta® Group EU, Ltd (Acta® EU) seeks an entry level Regulatory Affairs professional to join our office in Manchester, United Kingdom.  The ideal candidate will be educated in the biological sciences, chemistry, and/or toxicology fields. Regulatory Assistant -- Entry Level   The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications: Educated to a first degree level in biological sciences, chemistry, toxicology, or other relevant degree Strong project management skills Must possess strong written and verbal communication skills Additional desired ... read more >
June 18, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted by Bloomberg Environment Regarding Upcoming EPA Chemical Review Deadlines
On June 18, 2018, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Acta, were quoted in the Bloomberg Environment article “Tidal Wave of Toxics Deadlines Awaits EPA, Industries in 2019.” The EPA needs more staff and money to manage its oversight of both existing and new chemicals, said Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell, PC in Washington. The agency’s chemicals office “will be torn constantly” over the next two years as to where to deploy its resources, she said. The 40 new ... read more >
June 14, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., And Susan M. Kirsch Contribute To ABA SEER’s The Year In Review 2017
The Acta Group (Acta®) affilate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce the publication of The Year in Review 2017: Environment, Energy, and Resources Law by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER). The Year in Review 2017 provides an annual summary of developments in environmental, energy, and resources law. B&C Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson and Director of Chemistry Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., co-authored the Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know 2017 Annual Report, and B&C Government ... read more >
June 13, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Article “Chemical Makers’ Hours Filling Out Forms Prompts EPA Paper Chase” Features Quotes from Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.
On June 13, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry at The Acta Group (Acta®) regarding an increase in time required for chemical makers to fill out paperwork under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  The Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged the extra work companies are doing through an “emergency” Paperwork Reduction Act request it submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The EPA will publish the request June 14 in the Federal Register . In its request, the EPA ... read more >
June 13, 2018
Inside EPA Quotes NCC in “New Chemicals Group Seeks Refund Information In EPA's TSCA Fees Rule”
On June 13, 2018, Inside EPA included comments from the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) New Chemicals Coalition (NCC) regarding the omission of language in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed fee rule about how it will refund companies whose new chemical use applications are not reviewed by the statutory deadline. The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) provides legal counsel to the TSCA NCC. Membership is open to individual chemical companies with a vested interest in the EPA new chemical notification process due to ... read more >
June 7, 2018
Richard E. Engler Presents “New TSCA and Green Chemistry Innovation” at ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry at The Acta Group (Acta®) and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), will present “New TSCA and Green Chemistry Innovation” in the “Real-World Sustainability Challenges: Incentives and Barriers to the Use of Green Chemistry in Products” session on June 18, 2018, at the 22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) hosted by the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute® that is being held June 18-20, 2018, in Portland, Oregon.  ACS GC&E provides an ... read more >
June 5, 2018
Christopher R. Bryant Quoted In Bloomberg Environment Article “Confusion Drives Firms Away From EPA Waste Tracking System”
On July 4, 2018, Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Specialist, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new electronic tracking system for hazardous waste shipments called e-Manifest. “There is a ton of confusion and trepidation about how this is all going to work,” Christopher Bryant, senior regulatory consultant for Bergeson & Campbell PC in Washington, told Bloomberg Environment. Future manifest system users have peppered the agency with emails for months, asking how to comply, ... read more >
June 4, 2018
Charles M. Auer Quoted By Inside EPA Regarding Reorganization Of EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
On June 4, 2018, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Inside EPA article “Eying 2018 Deadline, EPA Taps New Division Heads For Reorganized OPPT.” The new reorganization plan is winning approval from former officials. Charles Auer, former director of OPPT and now with the law firm of Bergeson & Campbell, wrote in a recent blog post that dividing the offices to focus on new and existing chemicals generally “makes sense,” he wrote. For example, “merging the existing chemicals function of the ... read more >
June 4, 2018
TSCA at 2: An Update on Implementation and Hot Topics
  Monday, June 25, 2018 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EDT)   Register Today   Since enactment on June 22, 2016, of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has implemented a muscular regulatory program expressing Congress’ intent for a new and improved Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  The new TSCA framework required significant work and fundamental shifts in regulatory requirements and conceptual approach, but EPA has hit all of its marks in timely promulgating the rules and fulfilling ... read more >
June 4, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. Named Director of Chemistry of The Acta Group and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
The Acta Group (Acta®) and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) are pleased to announce that Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. has been named Director of Chemistry for our firms. Dr. Engler joined Acta and B&C as Senior Chemist in January 2015 after nearly two decades at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) and has offered his extensive understanding of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other regulatory frameworks to assist clients as they develop and commercialize novel chemistries. As Director of Chemistry, ... read more >
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