ACTA News: Federal/EPA Regulatory Policy

November 13, 2018
Charles M. Auer Quoted In Inside EPA Article “Congress Gears Up For TSCA Oversight But Bipartisan Prospects Limited”
On November 13, 2018, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Inside EPA regarding Congress’ plan to oversee the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). “There may be some bipartisan oversight on nuts and bolts questions. But my guess is that each side will generally focus questions on 'their' issues and concerns,” says Charles Auer, a former EPA toxics official who now serves as the senior regulatory and policy adviser at the law ... read more >
October 16, 2018
Inside EPA Quotes B&C’s “EPA Issues Final TSCA Fees Rule” Memorandum
On October 16, 2018, Inside EPA quoted The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell P.C.'s (B&C®) memorandum “EPA Issues Final TSCA Fees Rule” in the article “EPA finalizes TSCA fees rule but legal challenges possible.” A Sept. 28 memo from the law firm Bergeson & Campbell notes that “the final rule will apply to all submissions that are received starting October 1, 2018. EPA stated that it will invoice affected companies within 30 days of the effective date.” […] Bergeson & Campbell in its memo ... read more >
October 12, 2018
Fall 2018 Regulatory, Testing, and Policy Trends for Chemical Consortia
Now more than ever, chemical industry stakeholders with shared business and advocacy interests are urged to consider collaborating on regulatory, testing, and related advocacy opportunities. Two years post-passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act means the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is well underway with implementation of the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).      Industry groups that are already established and working efficiently when EPA initiates an action under TSCA will be most successful in nimbly and ... read more >
October 10, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson Moderates “Sustainable Investment in Agriculture: Improving Agricultural Land Investment Contracts and the Contracting Process” at the IBA Annual Conference
On October 8, 2018, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, (The Acta Group®), moderated “Sustainable Investment in Agriculture: Improving Agricultural Land Investment Contracts and the Contracting Process” at the legal profession’s largest international event, the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference held this year in Rome, Italy. Ms. Bergeson is Vice Chairman of IBA’s Agricultural Law Committee. Panelists Katherine Cook, Matrix Chambers; Marsha A Echols, Howard University; James Gathii, Loyola University Chicago School of Law; Gibson Guvheya, World Bank; ... read more >
September 24, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted by Bloomberg Environment in “Ecological, Health Data on New Fluorochemicals Coming, EPA Says”
On September 24, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to expand the list of fluorochemicals on the ChemView database. Companies making new fluorochemicals had to generate more than $25 million worth of health, environmental fate, degradation data, and other information under agreements they made, the agency told Bloomberg Environment in October 2008. All of the companies Richard Engler, a chemist who worked at the EPA from 1997 until 2015, worked ... read more >
September 19, 2018
Kathleen M. Roberts Quoted By Bloomberg Environment Regarding Chemical Use Data Shared With EPA
On September 19, 2018, Kathleen M. Roberts, Senior Regulatory Consultant, for The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment in the article “U.S. Chemical Makers’ Sharing of Use Data Stirs Debate.” TSCA and REACH also are different laws in different stages of implementation, which explains some of the divergent responses of U.S. and European manufacturers, said Kathleen M. Roberts, a senior regulatory consultant in Bergeson & Campbell, PC’s Washington office. For example, REACH required ... read more >
August 21, 2018
Christopher R. Bryant Quoted In Bloomberg Environment Article “Stricter Coal Ash Disposal Oversight Is EPA’s Latest Legal Setback”
On August 21, 2018, Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Specialist, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s recent order for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider multiple parts of a 2015 regulation determining “how coal-fired energy utilities could dispose of coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity.” The decision could influence some utilities to change their current coal ash disposal practices. Christopher Bryant, senior ... read more >
July 25, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson Interviewed By Scott Tong of Marketplace Regarding TCE Ban
On July 24, 2018, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®) was featured on the radio show Marketplace from American Public Media during a segment on the degreaser Trichloroethylene (TCE) and its status under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).  Reporter Scott Tong visited the site of a former ViewMaster toy plant outside of Portland, Oregon where TCE has been linked to cancer in some former employees. Tong reported that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified TCE as a human carcinogen in 2011, and proposed banning certain uses of the degreaser in ... read more >
July 25, 2018
BRAG Requests that EPA Adopt TSCA Inventory Representation and Equivalency For Renewable and Sustainable Biobased Chemicals
Washington D.C.:  Representatives of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) and representatives of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff to discuss the two groups’ recently-issued white paper, “Proposal for a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Representation and Equivalency Determinations for Renewable and Sustainable Bio-based Chemicals.”  BRAG and BIO members provided a presentation for EPA staff that outlined the regulatory challenges and market impedance ... read more >
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 >
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