ACTA News: Federal/EPA Regulatory Policy

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 >
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 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 >
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 >
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