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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 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)  Complimentary Registration Available Online   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 chemicals law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and making progress in diminishing the ... 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 >
May 17, 2017
Comments By Dr. Richard E. Engler Featured In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article On EPA Chemical Review Process
On May 17, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at the Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “Pace of EPA New Chemical Reviews Picks Up, Allaying Concerns.” […] The new information, which the agency posted since May 12, shows the EPA has made many more new chemical decisions since TSCA was amended than was publicly known, Richard Engler, a senior chemist with the Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. in Washington told Bloomberg BNA May 16. […] The first website, which had a search function that previously ... read more >
May 16, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson in “Nanoscale Materials Data Collection Rule Guidance Coming”
On May 16, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President of the Acta Group (Acta®), on upcoming guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on manufacturing and processing nanoengineered chemicals. […] Lynn Bergeson managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. told Bloomberg BNA the EPA's decision to delay the rule's effective date until after it issues the draft guidance mutes the complaint that companies wouldn't know how to comply. It doesn't mean, however, that the guidance will be sufficient to ... read more >
May 5, 2017
Comments By Richard Engler Included In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Chemicals Law Is Top Priority of Trade Group's New Leadership”
On May 4, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at the Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report discussing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) chemical regulation process in response to efforts by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) to speed up the process. […] A logjam of nearly 800 new chemicals has developed in the EPA's new chemicals office since the Toxic Substances Control Act was amended June 22, 2016. The agency has authorized only 63 new chemicals and microbes as of April 20 ... read more >
May 4, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Contribute to ABA SEER’s The Year in Review 2016
The Acta Group (Acta®) is pleased to announce the publication of The Year in Review 2016:  Environment, Energy, and Resources Law by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER).  The Year in Review provides an annual summary of developments in environmental, energy, and resources law.  Acta President Lynn L. Bergeson and Senior Chemist Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., co-authored the Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know 2016 Annual Report.    The 2016 Annual Report provides a detailed review of the ... read more >
May 2, 2017
ELI, GWU, and B&C Present “TSCA Reform – One Year Later”
  SAVE THE DATE   TSCA Reform – One Year Later June 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EDT) George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, D.C. Join the Environmental Law Institute 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), just over one year after it was signed into law. ... read more >
April 28, 2017
Dr. Richard E. Engler Makes Presentation Regarding TSCA Reform to the Chemical Society of Washington
On April 27, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), presented “Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and TSCA Reform” at the Chemical Society of Washington’s monthly dinner meeting. Dr. Engler discussed TSCA before and after reform by The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) and challenges that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry face in implementing and complying with the new law. In this extensive presentation, Dr. Engler discussed the centralizing concept of ... read more >
April 26, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes Richard Engler In “No Insights in EPA Notices on 19 New Chemicals on Market”
On April 25, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report included comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at the Acta Group (Acta®), commenting on the 19 new chemicals that have been given market approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) between December 1, 2016, and February 28, 2017. […] The EPA has notified the manufacturers that asked to make the new chemicals of the approvals and announced the decisions on its public website, Richard Engler, a senior chemist with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., who spent 17 years working with EPA, told ... read more >
April 20, 2017
​Inside EPA Article Quotes TSCA Blog Post “EPA Denies TSCA Section 21 Petition on Fluoride Chemicals in Drinking Water; Provides Response to Petition”
On April 19, 2017, Inside EPA quoted a post from the TSCA Blog in the article “Suit Over EPA's Rejection Of Fluoride Ban Claims TSCA Misinterpretation.” “This asserted view, that only a comprehensive risk evaluation considering all conditions of use will suffice, presents a very high threshold for action -- and seemingly an impossibly high threshold to move EPA to act," officials with the law firm Bergeson & Campbell said in a March 7 blog post. […]  Bergeson and Campbell attorneys said that EPA's denial is "essentially arguing that ... read more >
April 4, 2017
The Acta Group Wins “Supply Chains Award” at the 2017 Chemicals Northwest Awards
The Acta Group (Acta®), a global scientific and business consulting firm offering a full range of support services for the process of obtaining approvals to market industrial chemicals, biocides, and chemical products, with offices in Washington, D.C., Beijing, China, and Manchester, UK,  has been named winner of the Chemicals Northwest 2017 “Supply Chains Award.”  Chemicals Northwest Awards are presented in ten categories, all of which recognize excellence in the chemical and chemical service sector in the Northwest of England, the UK’s chemical industry ... read more >
March 29, 2017
Quotes by Charles Auer Included In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “First-Ever Federal Mercury Inventory Set for Release by EPA”
On March 29, 2017, Charles Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report explaining possible impacts of a mercury inventory under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The updated chemicals law also calls for the EPA to develop a regulation by June 2018 that will require companies that use mercury or mercury compounds to provide the agency with information about those uses. Pharmaceutical and other companies that normally are not regulated under TSCA may be subject to the mercury-use reporting ... read more >
March 29, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article Includes Comments From James Aidala On Possible Chlorpyrifos Restrictions
On March 29, 2017, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report included comments from James Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), in the article “Trump Administration to Make Tough Decision on Dow Chemical.” […]But undoing the underpinnings that justify a near-ban will take more than political will, said Jim Aidala, a senior consultant with Bergeson & Campbell PC. A decision that favors the manufacturer, Dow AgroSciences, and the agrichemical industry broadly, will have to be robust enough to convince the judges of the ... read more >
March 29, 2017
Sheryl Lindros Dolan Presents “Protecting Trade Secrets Around the World Part 1: Comparing CBI Requirements under New TSCA and OSHA HCS 2012” at the SCHC Spring Meeting
On March 28, 2017, Sheryl Lindros Dolan, Senior Regulatory Consultant at Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), presented “Protecting Trade Secrets Around the World Part 1: Comparing CBI Requirements under New TSCA and OSHA HCS 2012” at the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Spring Meeting. Ms. Dolan’s presentation reviewed the requirements for confidential business information (CBI) protection under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), compared these requirements with those under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard ... read more >
March 20, 2017
James Aidala Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Mixed Review of Glyphosate Links to Cancer Frustrates Some”
On March 20, 2017, James Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report on the recently released report on the health risks posed by glyphosate. […]“My overall reaction to the report was that it was really uninformative,” Jim Aidala, a consultant with Bergeson & Campbell PC who served as the EPA's chemical office chief under President Bill Clinton, told Bloomberg BNA. The report goes back and forth between “some say this, and some say that,” which offers ... read more >
March 17, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson and James Aidala Quoted in Inside EPA Article “Fluoride Critics Eye Court Challenge To EPA's Denial Of TSCA Ban Petition”
On March 17, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), and James Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with Acta, were quoted in an Inside EPA article on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s denial of a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) petition to ban Flouride. […]But Lynn Bergeson of the law firm Bergeson & Campbell told Inside EPA in a March 10 email that de novo review "would pose considerable challenges for parties and explains why invoking this relief is rare." Bergeson and colleagues ... read more >
March 6, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “New Toxic Controls to Emerge in Chemical Sector's March Madness,” Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson
On March 6, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), on how B&C will handle the implementation of TSCA Reform. Four law firms contacted by Bloomberg BNA say they are able to file the comments they are preparing without hiring additional staff or contractors. Others say other aspects of TSCA's implementation has prompted them to seek new hires. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell PC in Washington, said that the firm may hire additional staff to address the backlog of hundreds of new chemical ... read more >
March 6, 2017
James Aidala Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “‘Crippling’ Cuts to EPA May Affect Chemical Oversight, Some Say”
On March 6, 2017, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report laying out responses that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may have to proposed budget cuts. There's a long process ahead before Congress decides what EPA's budget and staffing levels will be, Jim Aidala, who served under President Bill Clinton and now is a senior government affairs consultant with Bergeson & Campbell PC, and Jim Jones, who departed from the EPA in January told Bloomberg ... read more >
March 3, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Proposed EPA Cuts Incense State Funding Proponents”
On March 3, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report on how proposed EPA budget cuts could impact the chemical and pesticides program. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell PC, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm that specializes in chemical and pesticide regulations, told Bloomberg BNA this is good news for the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Office, which oversees both chemicals and pesticides. The OMB did not recommend any cuts to either the chemicals or ... read more >
February 28, 2017
Karin Baron Shares Asian Market Regulation Information at Exporting Chemicals and Hazardous Material
On February 23, 2017, Karin Baron, MSPH, Senior Regulatory Consultant with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®), presented “South Korean and China Regulations and Other Asian Market Regulations & Opportunities” at Exporting Chemicals and Hazardous Materials: Major Global Markets Regulatory Compliance. Ms. Baron’s presentation covered chemical control legislation approaches and hazard communications in China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, as well as emerging legislation in Taiwan, Thailand, and ... read more >
February 28, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes James Aidala on Upcoming EPA Budget Cuts
In the February 28, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the article “As Budget Cuts Loom, Industry Seeks to Save Some EPA Programs.” Staff already has grappled with smaller conference travel budgets, cuts in discretionary expenses, and less contractor support to assist with reducing environmental and health risks, said Jim Aidala, former EPA assistant administrator under President Bill Clinton and now a senior government affairs consultant with Bergeson & ... read more >
February 10, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted By Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Regarding How Manufacturers Should Participate in EPA Rulemaking
On February 10, 2017, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and President of the Acta Group (Acta®), Lynn L. Bergeson, was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “Vehicle, Furniture Makers Urged to Increase Role in Toxics Law.” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., said some manufacturers, such as companies that purchase nanoscale chemicals to make sports equipment, aren't well positioned to actively participate in EPA's rulemakings. Nevertheless responsible product ... read more >
February 9, 2017
Inside EPA Article, “Stakeholders Flag Early Concerns On EPA TSCA Risk Evaluation Proposal,” Quotes B&C Memorandum
On February 9, 2017, Inside EPA quoted Acta affiliate Bergeson & Campbell P.C.’s (B&C®) memorandum, “TSCA: EPA Releases Proposed Chemical Risk Evaluation Process under New TSCA,” regarding how a weight of evidence (WoE) approach would impact U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) risk evaluations. And a Jan. 19 Bergeson & Campbell memorandum on the proposal says that while the preamble contains language leading toward codifying an effective WoE approach, "A clear statement of EPA's approach to WOE in conducting risk evaluations would ... read more >
January 26, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article, “Trump ‘Gag Order’ Reports Make for Awkward First Impression,” Features Comments From James Aidala
On January 26, 2017, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group (Acta®), on the Trump administration’s handling of climate change communications. It's no surprise that Trump has de-emphasized climate change in his administration, said Jim Aidala, a consultant with Bergeson & Campbell PC in Washington, D.C., and former head of EPA's chemicals division under President Bill Clinton. But the new administration may have benefited from a more cautious ... read more >
January 24, 2017
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson On Implementation Of Nanoscale Materials Rule Featured In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report Article
On January 24, 2017, comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), were included in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report Article “White House Ices Energy, Environmental Rules Pending Review.” Attorneys said they were unsure of the memo's impact on an EPA rule (RIN:2070-AJ54) that requires manufacturers, importers and processors to submit information about nanoscale chemicals, including production volumes. This rule was published Jan. 12 and takes effect May 12, more than 60 days from the date of the Priebus memo. […]Lynn Bergeson, an ... read more >
January 17, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report Article “Process to Select Chemicals for Risk Review Proposed: EPA”
On January 17, 2017, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Process to Select Chemicals for Risk Review Proposed: EPA” included comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), discussing specifics of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed risk rule. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner with the Washington D.C.-based law firm Bergeson & Campbell, PC, said she too would have liked EPA's proposed rule to be clearer as to how exactly the criteria would translate into a decision as to whether high priority status is ... read more >
January 17, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report Article On EPA’s Proposed Commercial Chemical Review Strategy Features Comment By Lynn L. Bergeson
On January 17, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report included a quote by Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), in the article “EPA Proposes Strategy to Identify, Review Commercial Chemicals.” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell PC in Washington, D.C., told Bloomberg BNA, “EPA has done the near impossible in proposing three epic rules. Now the burden is on other stakeholders to define, clarify, and help the process ... read more >
January 16, 2017
WEBINAR - - Chemical Substance Regulation in Central and South America:  A Deeper Dive
  REGISTER TODAY Thursday, February 16, 2017, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time The Central and South American chemical regulatory environment continues to be one that is challenging to understand, navigate, and manage from a business perspective.  These challenges most often stem from one of three aspects:  a lack of knowledge concerning the regulatory and governmental authority structure; a challenge in determining which regulations (local, national, and/or trade bloc) apply; and obtaining the applicable regulations, and a translation thereof, in a timely manner.  As ... read more >
January 13, 2017
Issues Brought Up During BC-CM Producers Group Meeting Featured By Inside EPA Article
On January 13, 2017, slides from the B&C® Consortia Management’s (BC-CM) NMP Producers Group Meeting with the Office of Management and Budget were discussed in the Inside EPA article “Chemical Makers Cite TSCA Listing In Call For EPA To Drop NMP Proposal.” […] But representatives from Bergeson & Campbell on behalf of NMP producers in a Dec. 5 meeting with EPA and OMB officials ahead of the proposal's release argued that the rulemaking does not appear to be consistent with the completed risk assessment and therefore may violate section 26 under the ... read more >
January 11, 2017
The Top Chemical Regulatory Stories of 2016
  The attorneys, scientists, policy experts, and regulatory advisors of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), The Acta Group (Acta®), and B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM) endeavor year-round to keep you informed on key developments as they happen, and prepared for looming changes and deadlines, to help you maintain compliance and competitive advantage as you market your products throughout the world. As the new year begins, we offer you this look back at the top stories of 2016 (as measured by clicks, reads, and shares by readers of our blogs and e-mails), a ... read more >
January 10, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes James V. Aidala in “Flea Collar Report Offers Clues on Future Pesticide Regulations”
On January 10, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted The Acta Group (Acta®) Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs Consultant James V. Aidala regarding a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) risk assessment. The risk assessment also could be a sign of how the EPA will address the suite of organophosphate pesticides slated for review later this year, including chlorpyrifos and malathion. Industry groups are concerned this could hamper the extent to which the pesticides are used, and affect their bottom line. Epidemiological studies “can ... read more >
January 9, 2017
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. Quoted In Wired Article On New Chemical Regulations
On January 9, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in “The Chemical Industry’s Having a Bad Reaction to New Regs.” As a result, some chemists feel like they must dial back their ambitions to pass review. “New chemicals are taking significantly longer to get through the EPA process now,” says Rich Engler, a chemical consultant with environmental law firm Bergeson & Campbell. “If I were advising a client I would tell them to only try to develop something low hazard, because those are the only ones ... read more >
January 5, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article Quotes Charles M. Auer On Chemical Data Reporting Rule
On January 5, 2017, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article, “Outlook 2017: Amended Chemicals Law Implementation Top Priority,” quoted Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding how Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule information will be used in the future to help prioritize risk evaluations and other chemical regulatory activities. The EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention has work to do in 2017 beyond the specific mandates of the amended TSCA law. For example, the Chemical ... read more >
January 3, 2017
Stewardship 2016 eBook and On Demand Includes Lynn L. Bergeson’s Presentation On Emerging Nanotechnology
The Product Stewardship Society recently released Stewardship 2016, an eBook looking back on the highlights of Stewardship 2016. Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted discussing the U.S. regulatory framework for nanotechnology as well as potential legal and stewardship issues that nanochemicals face. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at Bergeson & Campbell, started working with nanotechnology a decade ago, when it was unclear how the U.S. regulatory framework would approach them. There was tremendous interest in leveraging R&D and finding appropriate ... read more >
December 14, 2016
WEBINAR - New RCRA Hazardous Waste Export-Import Rule
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST) On November 28, 2016, the Hazardous Waste Export-Import Revisions rule was published in the Federal Register and is effective as of December 31, 2016. This rule impacts thousands of entities that export and/or import shipments of hazardous wastes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is strengthening its standards to comport with requirements in place for Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries, to respond to recommendations issued by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, and to quell criticisms ... read more >
December 8, 2016
Lynn L. Bergeson Co-authors ACS Book “Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise”
The Acta Group (Acta®) President Lynn L. Bergeson contributed a chapter to the recently published book Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise, a two-volume American Chemical Society (ACS) symposium report that discusses advances in nanotechnology and the value of precautionary risk management. These volumes cover advances nanotechnology has made with materials, energy, electronic devices, agriculture, and biomedicine, as well as the regulatory response to these new technologies.  Ms. Bergeson contributed the chapter “Opportunities and Challenges for Health, Safety, and the ... read more >
December 7, 2016
Oscar Hernandez and Jim Aidala Quoted in “Risk Limits Under New Toxics Law May Continue Past Practice”
On December 7, 2016, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Oscar Hernandez, Ph.D., Senior Regulatory Chemist with The Acta Group (Acta®), and Jim Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with Acta, regarding how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will handle the new toxics law. Typically, the agency takes action on chemicals whose risks range between 1 in 10,000 excess cancer cases to 1 in 1 million excess cases. “They'd have to explain why they're moving out of that range if they did anything different,” former EPA toxics chief ... read more >
December 2, 2016
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson in “EPA Proposal Threatens Confidentiality, Chemical Makers Say”
On December 2, 2016, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report on how proposed changes to significant new use regulations would change the way confidential business information is handled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Bergeson & Campbell P.C. law firm summarized a position voiced throughout the trade association comments. “As currently drafted, the proposed modifications would not properly protect legitimate confidential business information claims,” wrote Lynn Bergeson, ... read more >
December 1, 2016
Acta Group Seeking Pesticide Registration Specialist To Join Our Growing Firm
The Acta Group (Acta®), a consulting firm affiliated with Washington, D.C. law firm Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), is seeking a pesticide registration specialist to join our growing team of regulatory consultants, scientists, and policy experts.  This position will be based in our Washington, D.C. office, although telework arrangements may be considered for the right candidate.  Applicants should be experienced in all aspects of preparing, submitting, and managing applications under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), having worked for ... read more >
November 30, 2016
“Trump Views on Chemicals Law Not Yet Known: Policy Watchers” Quotes James V. Aidala, Charles M. Auer, and Lynn L. Bergeson
On November 30, 2016, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Jim Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with Acta, and Lynn L. Bergeson, President of Acta, on impacts the Trump Administration may have on chemical laws. “It's very hard to know what the thinking is other than on big issues,” such as energy and water, Jim Aidala, a senior government affairs consultant with the Washington, D.C., office of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. said. […] Depending on ... read more >
November 30, 2016
Lynn L. Bergeson and Charles M. Auer Discuss Changes to EPA’s New Chemicals Program
On November 30, 2016, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report included comments by Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), and Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group, in the article “Groans Heard About Pace EPA's New Chemical Reviews.” The EPA appears to be making changes to the new chemicals program beyond what the law mandated, Charles Auer, former director of the EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, told Bloomberg BNA Nov. 21. He described the Lautenberg Act's revisions to the program as ... read more >
October 17, 2016
WEBINAR -- Current Opportunities and Challenges with Chemical Substance Regulation in Mexico and Central and South America
  Thursday, November 17, 2016, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time   REGISTER TODAY The Mexican and Central and South American chemical regulatory environment is challenging to understand, with relatively little consistency, even among neighboring countries.  The region is home to two major trading blocs, MERCOSUR (Mercado Común Del Sur) and the Andean Community of Nations (Comunidad Andina). Similar in basic concept to the European Union, these blocs impose overarching regulation and legislation on the individual member countries that often do not exist ... read more >
September 12, 2016
Charles M. Auer, Former Director of EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Joins Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are very pleased to announce that Charles M. Auer has joined our teams as Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor. For more than three decades, Mr. Auer has provided sagacious, informed, and deeply insightful guidance on legal, policy, and scientific matters related to the regulation of chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and related domestic and international chemical control laws. Mr. Auer's experience includes over 32 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most recently as the ... read more >
August 25, 2016
B&C Memoranda Featured In Inside EPA Article, “Attorneys Say Proposed TSCA Rule May Violate Trade Secret Provisions”
On August 25, 2016, Acta affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) memoranda “TSCA Reform: Proposed Changes to SNUR Procedures Would, Perhaps Inadvertently, Result in Disclosure of CBI to Third Parties/Possible Competitors” and “TSCA: Proposed Revisions to Significant New Use Rules Reflect Current Occupational Safety and Health Standards,” were discussed in an Inside EPA article on how Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform may violate trade secret provisions. "We do not read provisions in either old or new TSCA to authorize ... read more >
August 18, 2016
Chemical Watch Article “Law firm flags up issues in EPA Snur proposal” Quotes B&C Memorandum Conflict Between SNURs And Revised OSHA HCS
On August 18, 2016, Chemical Watch quoted Acta affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) memorandum, “TSCA: Proposed Revisions to Significant New Use Rules Reflect Current Occupational Safety and Health Standards,” in an article examining the conflict between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) proposal and the revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communications Standard (HCS). US agency's notice 'downplays' magnitude of changes, says Bergeson & ... read more >
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