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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 >
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