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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 >
May 31, 2018
Christopher R. Bryant Quoted By Bloomberg Environment Regarding EPA’s New Definition of Solid Waste
On May 31, 2018, Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Specialist, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg Environment article “EPA Backs Recycling Formerly ‘Hazardous’ Materials, But States Get Final Say.” This quote was also featured as the “Quote of the Day” in Bloomberg Environment’s daily First Move email. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new definition of solid waste “allows more material—like catalysts used in refining petroleum products—to be recycled rather than trashed,” ... read more >
May 29, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D, Quoted In Bloomberg Environment Article “Trade Secrets Safe Under EPA Science Proposal, Attorneys Say”
On May 29, 2018, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding a proposed rule that would require scientific data be sufficiently available to the public so that interested parties could understand how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached its conclusions. “[D]ecisions the EPA makes about whether to allow new chemicals into commerce would largely be unaffected, Richard Engler, a senior chemist with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.'s Washington office, told Bloomberg Environment.” See ... read more >
May 23, 2018
The TSCA New Chemicals Coalition: Why Your Company Should Join
Any company that plans to submit or has pending a new chemical notification under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) needs to join the TSCA New Chemicals Coalition (TSCA NCC) -- the only coalition focused principally on TSCA Section 5 issues. The TSCA NCC has been relentlessly engaging with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Congress on identifying and addressing real-world issues arising out of EPA’s implementation of the new TSCA Section 5 provisions.   By joining forces with other TSCA NCC ... read more >
May 23, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson In “Erik Baptist to Help Run EPA’s Chemicals, Pesticides Offices”
On May 23, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®) regarding Erik Baptist, senior deputy general counsel, joining EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) as a deputy assistant administrator and senior counsel.  Other regulatory offices within the EPA have attorneys to help them, Lynn Bergeson, managing partner with the Washington, D.C., office of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., told Bloomberg Environment. It makes sense for the chemical safety office to bring Baptist in, because the office is wrestling ... read more >
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 >
March 12, 2018
Zameer Qureshi Presents “The European REACH Regulation – Basic Concepts and Key Issues for NACD Members”
On February 22, 2018, Zameer Qureshi, Legal Consultant to The Acta Group EU, Ltd (Acta EU), presented “The European REACH Regulation – Basic Concepts and Key Issues for NACD Members” at a National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) webinar.  This presentation covered an overview of the European Union’s (EU) chemical management regulation program, Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), including: REACH Definitions REACH Exemptions Obligation to Register and Special ... 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 >
January 18, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Citizens Petitions, Lawsuits on Chemical Rules Likely to Grow”
On January 18, 2018, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article regarding an increase in citizen group petitions as a result of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform.  Chemical manufacturers should expect to see more petitions from citizen groups asking the EPA to regulate substances now that the nation's primary chemicals law has been amended, attorneys tell Bloomberg Environment. Environmental, animal welfare, and other organizations will likely use every provision allowed under the amended Toxic ... read more >
January 17, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted by NBC News Regarding Changes to EPA’s New Chemical Assessments
On January 17, 2018, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by NBC News in the article “EPA eases path for new chemicals, raising fears of health hazards.” The EPA’s new approach is likely to reduce the testing that manufacturers who first bring these new chemicals to market are required to do. Using significant new-use rules (SNURs) “reduces the testing that the EPA is seeking to impose, because testing is rarely required in a SNUR,” said Richard Engler, a former EPA scientist who now works for ... read more >
January 10, 2018
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report References NCC Response in “Environmentalists Challenge Safety of EPA's New Chemical Reviews”
On January 10, 2018, the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report covered the TSCA New Chemicals Coalition’s (NCC) response to a federal court challenge by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) New Chemicals Decision-Making Framework. The New Chemicals Coalition, which Bergeson & Campbell P.C. launched in 2017 as a forum for companies interested in bringing new chemicals to market, has not decided whether or not it will intervene. The firm will continue to track the case, Lynn Bergeson, managing partner ... read more >
January 4, 2018
TSCAblog™ Post Quoted in “Fluoride Case Ruling May Open Door To More TSCA Petitions, Attorneys Say”
On January 4, 2018, the TSCAblog™ post “In Case of First Impression, Court Rules EPA Wrongly Dismissed Citizen Group’s TSCA Section 21 Petition” was quoted by Inside EPA in an article discussing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 21 ruling on flouride.  The law firm Bergeson & Campbell describes the ruling as a “fairly scathing rebuke of EPA’s legal positions,” in a Dec. 22 blog post, adding that it “essentially rejected EPA’s interpretation that a citizen petition ... read more >
December 29, 2017
Chemicals Northwest Winter Elements Magazine Features Acta as Industry’s “One-Stop Solution” for Global or Local Chemical Regulatory Compliance
The Acta Group (Acta®) was featured in the Winter 2017 Elements Magazine, published quarterly by Chemicals Northwest as a “one-stop solution” for global or local chemical regulatory compliance, especially for companies preparing for the May 13, 2018 Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) deadline. Acta has frequently received recognition from clients and industry globally for our previous and ongoing demonstrations of excellence, most recently receiving the Supply Chains Award at the Chemicals Northwest Awards, hosted at Crowne Plaza ... read more >
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