ACTA News: Federal/EPA Regulatory Policy

June 19, 2017
TSCA Reform—One Year Later
June 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (EDT) Milken Institute School of Public Health George Washington University 950 New Hampshire Ave., N.W. 1st Floor Auditorium Washington, D.C. (and via webinar) Register Today This event is free and open to the public. Join the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health for a day-long conference exploring the federal government’s implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which significantly amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), ... read more >
May 18, 2017
Charles Auer Quoted in “Rate of EPA Chemical Regulation Ramps Up Since Toxics Law Update”
On March 18, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), explaining how updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are impacting new chemical regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency has been regulating more new chemicals since the Toxic Substances Control Act was overhauled than it did before, according to a snapshot of its work over the past 11 months. “It's definitely harder to get a new chemical to market,” Charles Auer, a former senior EPA chemicals ... read more >
May 17, 2017
Comments By Dr. Richard E. Engler Featured In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article On EPA Chemical Review Process
On May 17, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at the Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “Pace of EPA New Chemical Reviews Picks Up, Allaying Concerns.” […] The new information, which the agency posted since May 12, shows the EPA has made many more new chemical decisions since TSCA was amended than was publicly known, Richard Engler, a senior chemist with the Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. in Washington told Bloomberg BNA May 16. […] The first website, which had a search function that previously ... read more >
May 16, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson in “Nanoscale Materials Data Collection Rule Guidance Coming”
On May 16, 2017, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President of the Acta Group (Acta®), on upcoming guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on manufacturing and processing nanoengineered chemicals. […] Lynn Bergeson managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. told Bloomberg BNA the EPA's decision to delay the rule's effective date until after it issues the draft guidance mutes the complaint that companies wouldn't know how to comply. It doesn't mean, however, that the guidance will be sufficient to ... read more >
May 5, 2017
Comments By Richard Engler Included In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Chemicals Law Is Top Priority of Trade Group's New Leadership”
On May 4, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at the Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report discussing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) chemical regulation process in response to efforts by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) to speed up the process. […] A logjam of nearly 800 new chemicals has developed in the EPA's new chemicals office since the Toxic Substances Control Act was amended June 22, 2016. The agency has authorized only 63 new chemicals and microbes as of April 20 ... read more >
April 20, 2017
​Inside EPA Article Quotes TSCA Blog Post “EPA Denies TSCA Section 21 Petition on Fluoride Chemicals in Drinking Water; Provides Response to Petition”
On April 19, 2017, Inside EPA quoted a post from the TSCA Blog in the article “Suit Over EPA's Rejection Of Fluoride Ban Claims TSCA Misinterpretation.” “This asserted view, that only a comprehensive risk evaluation considering all conditions of use will suffice, presents a very high threshold for action -- and seemingly an impossibly high threshold to move EPA to act," officials with the law firm Bergeson & Campbell said in a March 7 blog post. […]  Bergeson and Campbell attorneys said that EPA's denial is "essentially arguing that ... read more >
March 29, 2017
Quotes by Charles Auer Included In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “First-Ever Federal Mercury Inventory Set for Release by EPA”
On March 29, 2017, Charles Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report explaining possible impacts of a mercury inventory under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The updated chemicals law also calls for the EPA to develop a regulation by June 2018 that will require companies that use mercury or mercury compounds to provide the agency with information about those uses. Pharmaceutical and other companies that normally are not regulated under TSCA may be subject to the mercury-use reporting ... read more >
March 20, 2017
James Aidala Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Mixed Review of Glyphosate Links to Cancer Frustrates Some”
On March 20, 2017, James Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report on the recently released report on the health risks posed by glyphosate. […]“My overall reaction to the report was that it was really uninformative,” Jim Aidala, a consultant with Bergeson & Campbell PC who served as the EPA's chemical office chief under President Bill Clinton, told Bloomberg BNA. The report goes back and forth between “some say this, and some say that,” which offers ... read more >
March 17, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson and James Aidala Quoted in Inside EPA Article “Fluoride Critics Eye Court Challenge To EPA's Denial Of TSCA Ban Petition”
On March 17, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), and James Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with Acta, were quoted in an Inside EPA article on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s denial of a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) petition to ban Flouride. […]But Lynn Bergeson of the law firm Bergeson & Campbell told Inside EPA in a March 10 email that de novo review "would pose considerable challenges for parties and explains why invoking this relief is rare." Bergeson and colleagues ... read more >
March 6, 2017
James Aidala Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “‘Crippling’ Cuts to EPA May Affect Chemical Oversight, Some Say”
On March 6, 2017, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report laying out responses that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may have to proposed budget cuts. There's a long process ahead before Congress decides what EPA's budget and staffing levels will be, Jim Aidala, who served under President Bill Clinton and now is a senior government affairs consultant with Bergeson & Campbell PC, and Jim Jones, who departed from the EPA in January told Bloomberg ... read more >
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