ACTA News: Federal/EPA Regulatory Policy

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
“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 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 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 >
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 >
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