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May 7, 2018
Lisa M. Campbell to Moderate FIFRA Enforcement & Compliance Panel at New Developments in Pesticide Law and Policy Conference
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce that on May 8, 2018, Lisa M. Campbell, Partner, will moderate the “FIFRA Enforcement & Compliance” panel at the New Developments in Pesticide Law and Policy conference.  This conference is hosted by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (ABA SEER) and CropLife America, and will cover crop protection issues in the United States and Europe. The New Developments in Pesticide Law and Policy conference is an ABA SEER and CropLife America ... read more >
May 7, 2018
James V. Aidala Quoted In Inside EPA Article “Pruitt's Science Plan Faces Host Of Legal Hurdles; Some Doubt Promulgation”
On May 7, 2018, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Inside EPA regarding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s plan to require EPA to only use publicly available material to justify regulatory decisions. Others raise concerns over the document's introduction of a host of new terms, many of which are undefined. For example, the industry law firm Bergeson and Campbell questions whether the rule's application to “pivotal regulatory science” could have ... read more >
May 3, 2018
B&C Memorandum Quoted By Inside EPA Regarding EPA’s Proposed Confidential Data Transparency Rule
On May 3, 2018, Inside EPA quoted The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell's (B&C®) memorandum “EPA Releases Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science Proposed Rule” in the article “Critics Doubt EPA Plan To Redact Confidential Data In Transparency Rule.” “For pesticide registrants, the rule poses significant potential issues,” the industry law firm Bergeson & Campbell said in an April 30 analysis, citing, as an example, “registrants spending millions of dollars on studies necessary to ... read more >
May 3, 2018
Chemical Watch Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding NRDC Brief Challenging EPA’s TSCA New Chemicals Framework Document
On May 3, 2018, text from the March 2018 Global Business Briefing “New TSCA inspires new litigation” written by Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Chemical Watch article “NRDC files opening brief in TSCA new chemicals litigation.” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at law firm Bergeson & Campbell, wrote in Chemical Watch's Global Business Briefing earlier this year that NRDC's legal challenge may well be dismissed on procedural grounds. "The draft framework document is just that ... read more >
May 2, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Article “EPA Chemical ‘Rule’ Flouts Law, Ignores Risks, Critics Tell Court” Includes Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson
On May 2, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding a brief filed by NRDC challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) New Chemicals Framework document. The NRDC’s brief did a good job buttressing its argument that the EPA’s framework warranted public notice and comment, Lynn L. Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., said. “Not every such procedural challenge is a winner, but this one at least should be taken seriously,” said Bergeson, whose Washington law firm ... read more >
May 1, 2018
James V. Aidala Quoted In Bloomberg Environment Article “EPA Could Face Legal Minefield With Open Data Rule”
On May 1, 2018, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding an open data policy proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Jim Aidala, the former head of the EPA’s chemicals office, said the agency can avoid some of these potential pitfalls if it does a thorough job of laying out its reasoning when it issues the final version of this science policy rule. Aidala now works as a consultant at the law firm Bergeson & Campbell PC, where he advises pesticide ... read more >
May 1, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson Named One of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Washington, D.C.
Washington D.C. May 1, 2018:  Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., Managing Partner and The Acta Group President Lynn L. Bergeson has been named one of the “Top 50:  2018 Women Super Lawyers” by Thompson Reuters’ Super Lawyers Washington, D.C. edition.  Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes top lawyers via a multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research, and peer evaluation.  The lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Super Lawyers’ Top Lists.  This ... read more >
April 27, 2018
James V. Aidala and Richard E. Engler Quoted By Bloomberg Environment Regarding Proposed Public Data Plan
On April 27, 2018, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®) and Richard E. Engler, Senior Chemist with Acta, were quoted in the Bloomberg Environment article “Pesticide Makers Back Public-Data Plan—But Not for Trade Secrets.” If the agency sticks with the $100 million threshold under the executive order, then the EPA decisions on whether new chemicals can enter commerce would largely be unaffected, as most wouldn’t meet that threshold, Richard Engler, a senior chemist at Bergeson & Campbell PC who was ... read more >
April 16, 2018
NR&E Magazine Reviews New TSCA: A Guide to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and Its Implementation
In the Spring 2018 issue of the American Bar Association (ABA) Natural Resources & Environment (NR&E) Magazine, Joanne L. Dunec reviewed New TSCA: A Guide to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and Its Implementation for the Literary Resources section. Dunec wrote, “[t]he balance of the book, written by 11 authors (including the editors), illuminates and analyzes new TSCA in greater detail. The final chapter provides the legislative history of new TSCA, and appendices include an acronym list, frequently asked questions, and a glossary.” New TSCA: A Guide ... read more >
April 12, 2018
James V. Aidala Quoted in Bloomberg Environment Article “Dicamba Herbicide Makers Banking on Successful Summer
On April 12, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®) regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) possible decision to extend registration for dicamba herbicide formulations. “Passing another time-limited registration would give them a heck of a lot of leverage,” said James Aidala, a senior government affairs consultant at Bergeson & Campbell, PC, a Washington-based law firm specializing in chemical regulatory compliance. The EPA has the right to take a pesticide ... read more >
April 10, 2018
Inside EPA Features Comments Made During B&C FIFRA Hot Topics Webinar
On April 10, 2018, Inside EPA included quotes from The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Bloomberg BNA’s FIFRA Hot Topics webinar in the article “Former EPA official 'gloomy' on ESA pesticide deal.” A former senior EPA pesticide official is pessimistic that federal officials will be able to overhaul their process for assessing pesticides' risks under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), calling prospects for such a deal “gloomy” given stakeholders past reluctance to compromise. “Each side has ... read more >
April 9, 2018
Inside EPA Quotes TSCAblog® In “EPA overhauls OPPT leadership”
On April 9, 2018, Inside EPA quoted The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) TSCAblog article “EPA Announces OPPT Management Changes” regarding management changes made to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). EPA has announced a significant re-shuffling of leaders within its toxics office, which is being reorganized just as officials are working to establish a new program to meet the ambitious deadlines Congress set for implementing the revised Toxic ... read more >
April 6, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Staff Shift in EPA's Chemicals Office Prior to Reorganization (1)”
On April 6, 2018, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report regarding recently announced senior staff job changes at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The staff moves are taking place before the office's anticipated reorganization, Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of the Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., told Bloomberg Environment.  The agency has not released details of the reorganization nor a timeline, but it is expected later this year, she said. Typically, reorganizations have to be negotiated with ... read more >
April 3, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted By Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Regarding EPA Review Process For New Chemicals
On April 3, 2018, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist with Acta, were quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report in the article “EPA Aims for Predictable Chemical Reviews, Director Says.” Richard Engler—a senior chemist with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.—and Lynn L. Bergeson, managing partner of that same law firm, described some specific types of problems they would like the agency to address. Since 2016, the agency has encouraged companies to meet with EPA officials before they submit ... read more >
March 22, 2018
Career Opportunity: Acta Affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Seeking Bookkeeper
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is seeking a bookkeeper to join our law firm and affiliated consulting firm The Acta Group and consortia management firm B&C Consortia Management with offices in the U.S. and UK.  This position will be based in our Washington, D.C. location.  Candidate will be responsible for daily activities of firm financial operations, including client billing, accounts receivable, and accounts payable.  Applicants must have prior law firm or professional services firm accounting experience. Desired ... read more >
March 19, 2018
James V. Aidala Quoted By Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Regarding EPA’s New Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals
On March 19, 2018, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “New Science Panel May Bolster EPA's Chemical Policy Defense.” If the decision based on [the advisory committee’s] advice is challenged in court, the imprimatur of the outside advisers can offer evidence that the agency used a scientifically credible approach, Jim Aidala, senior government affairs consultant with Bergeson and Campbell P.C. said. Getting and following a science advisory ... read more >
February 21, 2018
Inside EPA Features Comments From B&C “Chemical Regulation in 2018” Webinar
On February 21, 2018, the Inside EPA article, “Beck Suggests Trump Hiring Cap Undermines EPA's TSCA Implementation,” included comments from James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®) and Nancy B. Beck, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., Deputy Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), made at the “Chemical Regulation in 2018: A Sneak Preview of Things to Come” Webinar.  Nancy Beck, the top Trump appointee in EPA's ... read more >
February 9, 2018
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson Featured in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Chemical Makers to Pay EPA $20 Million Yearly for Reviews Under Proposal”
On February 9, 2018, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report regarding a proposed rule that would help defray the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) costs of chemical product reviews. The article also included comments by Nancy Beck, deputy assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention at EPA, that were made during the B&C/Bloomberg BNA webinar “Chemical Regulation in 2018: A Sneak Preview of Things to Come,” the first event of the five part “2018 Chemical ... read more >
February 8, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson Named Vice Chairman of Newly Formed IBA Agriculture Law Committee
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce that Lynn L. Bergeson has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Law Committee (ALC) at the International Bar Association (IBA). Ms. Bergeson, Managing Partner of B&C and President of Acta, will serve a two-year term.   The IBA is the world’s leading organization of international legal practitioners, bar associations, and law societies, promoting an exchange of information among legal associations worldwide. The Agricultural Law Section joins a wide range of legal ... read more >
February 2, 2018
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding EPA Data Submissions
On February 2, 2018, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “Chemical Makers Send Limited Exposure Data to EPA as Deadline Nears.” Companies’ failure to provide more data wasn't “all that surprising as value chain challenges make it very difficult to populate these files with a lot of user information,” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at the law firm Bergeson & Campbell PC, told Bloomberg Environment. See - ... read more >
February 1, 2018
Christopher R. Bryant Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Infrastructure Plan Could Benefit DowDupont, Other Chemical Firms”
On February 1, 2018, Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Specialist at The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report regarding an infrastructure plan proposed by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address. “There are a lot of regulatory hurdles just to do some basic stuff,” said Chris Bryant, a senior regulatory consultant at Bergeson & Campbell, a Washington, D.C., law firm specializing in chemical regulatory issues. A gauntlet of federal, state, and local regulations includes many costly redundancies, Bryant told ... read more >
January 25, 2018
TSCA Reform Implementation Seminar: Impacts and Best Practices for the New Chemicals Law
  Wednesday, February 7, 2018 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EST)   Register Today   The Acta Group (Acta®) is pleased to participate in the upcoming “TSCA Reform Implementation Seminar:  Impacts and Best Practices for the New Chemicals Law,” presented by the Michigan Chemistry Council.  This valuable seminar features a panel of industry practitioners, as well as talented legal experts including Lynn L. Bergeson, President of Acta and Managing Partner of Acta affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), who will present on Toxic Substances ... read more >
January 25, 2018
Christopher R. Bryant Meets with the First and Second Secretaries of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
On January 25, 2018, Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Specialist at The Acta Group (Acta®), met with Pan Jianwei and Lu Chao, First and Second Secretaries, respectively, of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China regarding U.S. regulation of solid and hazardous waste.  China is currently revising its “Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Waste,” so the discussion was informative and timely.  Acta and its affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) look forward to continuing to track the progression ... read more >
January 19, 2018
WEBINAR - - Chemical Regulation in 2018: A Sneak Preview of Things to Come
  Thursday, February 8, 2018 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (EST) Register Today First in the 2018 Bloomberg BNA/Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Chemical Policy Summit Series -- see the full schedule of webinars below. What a difference a year makes!  To some extent, the surprise of 2016 -- the election of Donald J. Trump as President -- did make many predicted changes about life in Washington, D.C. for 2017 come true.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget proposal reflects serious cuts, environmental policies were reversed, rules were withdrawn, several ... read more >
January 18, 2018
Christopher R. Bryant Quoted in Bloomberg Environment Article “Toxic Pollutants in California Mudslide Present Cleanup Challenges”
On January 18, 2018, Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Specialist at The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding the possible environmental ramifications of a recent California mudslide. “That mud could contain everything from sewage, to oil and gas from ruptured lines, as well as pesticides, ash, maybe chemicals from inside houses,” said Chris Bryant, a regulatory consultant with Bergeson and Campbell, a Washington D.C.-based law firm focused on issues related to chemical regulatory compliance. […] “Even if [the mud] does ... read more >
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