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August 15, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted In “EPA TSCA Guide May Give Industry New Strategies For Risk Evaluations”
On August 15, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®) was quoted by Inside EPA discussing how new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) risk evaluation guidelines may impact industry. “My sense is that if you have a promising chemical product and wish to get it through the risk evaluation process sooner rather than later, considering this option makes sense,” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of environmental law firm Bergeson & Campbell, tells Inside EPA. “You control the timing, and might have a better line of sight on agency ... read more >
August 11, 2017
“TSCA Hot Topics: Inventory Notification and Strategies for Complying, and Update on Section 5” Webinar Brings Together Industry and EPA to Talk New TSCA
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce that the materials and recording from the “TSCA Hot Topics: Inventory Notification and Strategies for Complying, and Update on Section 5” webinar are now available for download. This complimentary webinar, co-hosted with Bloomberg BNA, was presented by a panel including Dr. Jeff Morris, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and former EPA officials and seasoned regulatory professionals who engaged in a lively discussion on: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 5 Inventory notification reporting ... read more >
August 8, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Included Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson and Charles M. Auer on EPA Chemical Backlog
On August 8, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of  The Acta Group (Acta®), and Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with Acta, were quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report in the article “Clearing EPA's New Chemicals ‘Backlog’ Cheered by Industry.” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. in Washington, also praised the EPA's progress. That law firm will review EPA's latest statistics to assess the agency's progress completing negotiations it undertakes with chemical manufacturers after it ... read more >
August 4, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., on EPA’s New Electronic Reporting System
On August 4, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “Chemical Makers Told to Act Now, Duck Regulatory Hassles Later.” Chemical manufacturers should have access to the EPA's electronic reporting system now to avoid headaches in six months as the deadline approaches to notify the agency about chemicals they have made or imported during the past 10 years. The clock hasn't started yet for the 180 days that chemical manufacturers and importers have to notify the agency, ... read more >
August 3, 2017
Charles M. Auer Quoted In “Chemical Risk Review Details Expected From EPA by Fall”
On August 3, 2017, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report discussing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to release documents detailing its new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical review process.  The documents are expected to aid companies as they prepare premanufacture notices (PMNs) they must submit when asking the agency to approve a new chemical, Charlie Auer, senior regulatory and policy adviser with Bergeson & Campbell, said. As a result, companies may ... read more >
August 3, 2017
Heather F. Collins, M.S., Joins Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce that Heather F. Collins, M.S., has joined our firms as a Regulatory Consultant.  Ms. Collins has nearly two decades of experience developing, implementing, and managing environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) compliance for global chemical and chemical product companies.  Her prodigious skills in developing biocide and pesticide registration and compliance strategies, safety data sheet (SDS) authoring, and dangerous goods management, coupled with her keen awareness of the ... read more >
July 19, 2017
"TSCA Reform: One Year Later" Conference Elicits Frank and Productive Discussion from Government, NGO, and Industry Speakers
On June 27, 2017, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GWU) held a day-long "TSCA Reform: One Year Later" conference at the GWU campus exploring the federal government’s implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) on the first anniversary of its enactment. Lautenberg significantly amended the Toxic Substances Control Act, and holds the U.S. Environmental ... read more >
July 18, 2017
Charles Auer and Richard Engler, Ph.D., Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Chemical Industry Eyes New Chance to Drive EPA Risk Analyses”
On July 18, 2017, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist with Acta, were quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) data gathering authority. […] The EPA's recent rules don't mention any intention to use the agency's new authority under the amended chemicals law to order companies to provide toxicity or exposure data, Richard Denison, lead senior scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, said June 27 at a ... read more >
July 18, 2017
TSCA Hot Topics: Inventory Notification and Strategies for Complying, and Update on Section 5
Bloomberg BNA/Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Webinar Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Complimentary Registration Available Online   With the recent release of the 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) dataset and the initial interim list of active substances released with the June 2017 copy of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory (Inventory), the magnitude of effort that will be needed to comply with the Section 8(b)(4) Inventory notification process is becoming clear (see our June 6, 2017, memorandum “Preparing for the Inventory Reset: It Is Not ... read more >
July 12, 2017
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., to Speak at AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant with The Acta Group (Acta®) and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), has been invited to speak on the current state of play of Central and South American chemical regulations at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids, September 11-14, 2017, in Cancun, Mexico.  Mr. Wenk will present “Chemical Substance Management in Central and South America: Insights into Sustainability, Regulatory, and Management Opportunities” at the plenary session on September 11, 2017.  The AOCS ... read more >
June 29, 2017
Charles Auer Quoted in Inside EPA Article “The Emerging Debate Over New TSCA Rules: 'Achievable' v. 'Lawful'”
On June 29, 2017, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Inside EPA in an article regarding Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) framework rules and how they should be implemented. His comments were made on June 27, 2017, during an Environmental Law Institute (ELI) conference celebrating the reformed law’s first anniversary. […] Former career EPA toxics chief Charles Auer, now with the law firm Bergeson & Campbell,  […] noted his own disappointment that EPA has yet to exercise its new TSCA authorities ... read more >
June 21, 2017
Inside EPA Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson on Challenges to TSCA Framework Rules
On June 21, 2017, Inside EPA quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), in the article “As EPA Issues TSCA's Framework Rules, Bipartisan Law Faces Challenges.” […] Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of the firm Bergeson & Campbell, suggested some concern in EPA's ability to advance use of these new technologies. She too, noted Lautenberg's requirements regarding non-animal testing, including its direction that EPA craft a plan to mange the transition by June 22, 2018. “We find it very important and terrific that section 4(h) ... read more >
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 16, 2017
James V. Aidala Quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Discussing Henry Darwin’s Appointment as EPA Assistant Deputy Administrator
On June 16, 2017, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “Former Arizona Environment Chief Tapped as EPA's COO.” […] Henry Darwin, a longtime government official and former director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, will serve as EPA assistant deputy administrator. In a statement, EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said Darwin “will focus the agency on providing value to taxpayers by helping us measure performance, improve our ... read more >
June 16, 2017
Inside EPA Quotes Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., in “EPA Toxics Director Seeks 'New Chemicals' Program Fixes Beyond Backlog”
On June 16, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Inside EPA discussing changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ‘New Chemicals’ program. […] Jeff Morris, director of EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), described some of the ongoing efforts he hopes will prevent further backlogs while speaking during a June 12 webinar. […] Morris explained that with polymers undergoing the PMN process, OPPT staff originally thought they would have to issue a may present an ... read more >
June 14, 2017
Charles M. Auer Quoted By Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Discussing EPA Regulation of New Chemicals
On June 14, 2017, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor at The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “EPA Pledges Long-Term Elimination of New Chemicals Backlog.” […] The percentage of new chemicals the EPA has regulated before and since the [Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act] passed last June jumped from roughly 10 percent to about 70 percent, said Charles Auer, who used to run the agency's chemicals office, and Richard Engler, a chemist who worked for the EPA's new ... read more >
June 14, 2017
Inside EPA Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson in “Scope Of 'Use' In TSCA Revision Seen Driving New Industry Data-Sharing”
On June 14, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Inside EPA discussing the impacts of a possible requirement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider all possible use conditions while conducting risk assessments. […] Speaking at a recent seminar on environmental regulation hosted by the Practising Law Institute in New York, NY, attorney Lynn Bergeson said competing calls from industry and environmentalists on whether risk assessments should consider "all" conditions in which a chemical might be used are placing ... read more >
June 12, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson, Charles M. Auer, and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Present during Bloomberg BNA Webinar "Reviewing New Chemicals Under Amended TSCA: Impact on Innovation"
On June 12, 2017, Bloomberg BNA presented the webinar "Reviewing New Chemicals Under Amended TSCA: Impact on Innovation," featuring Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®); Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist with Acta; and Lynn L. Bergeson, President of Acta; as well as Jeffery Morris, Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics; Beth Bosley, President, Boron Specialties LLC; and Robert Mott, Manager, Global Regulatory, Sun Chemical Corporation. After an introduction from Jeff ... read more >
June 7, 2017
B&C Nano Blog Post Quoted By Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report in the Article “9th Circuit Ruling Could Slow EPA Nanomaterial Conditional Registrations”
On June 7, 2017, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted “Appellate Court Vacates Conditional Nanosilver Registration” discussing the impacts of the recent 9th Circuit Court ruling. […] In a May 31 blog post, the law firm Bergeson & Campbell P.C., which represents industry clients, says the ruling could prompt the nano industry to press EPA to revisit its position that every pesticide containing nanosilver is a new active ingredient, requiring conditional registration, rather than viewing all nanosilver in all pesticides as one ingredient. "EPA's ... 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)  This webinar has occurred.  Materials and recording provided upon request to Acta clients, associated businesses, and industry members.   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 ... 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 >
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