ACTA News: Federal/EPA Regulatory Policy

October 23, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Presents “Innovative Consumer Products and Legal Risk” at the 2017 Retail Law Conference in Chicago, Illinois
On October 12, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), presented at the “Innovative Consumer Products and Legal Risk” breakout session at the 2017 Retail Law Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The Retail Industry Leaders Association’s (RILA) Retail Litigation Center hosts this annual gathering of in-house counsel to cover pressing issues facing the retail industry and provide opportunity for interactive participation in roundtable discussions, Questions and Answers (Q&A) with speakers, and networking breaks. There is a strong industry presence, ... read more >
October 6, 2017
Inside EPA Quotes B&C Memorandum on EPA, FDA Jurisdiction for Mosquito Related Products
On October 6, 2017, Inside EPA quoted a recent memorandum from The Acta Group (Acta®) in the article “EPA wins power to oversee biotech mosquito controls.” EPA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued new guidance clarifying that EPA has authority for regulating biotechnology (Bt) products such as genetically modified mosquitoes that are used to control the pests, a step that one industry law firm says will be helpful for navigating a federal “jurisdictional quagmire." […] In an Oct. 5 blog, the law firm Bergeson and Campbell PC, ... read more >
August 16, 2017
Scientific American Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding EPA’s New Framework Rules for TSCA
On August 16, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Scientific American in “Trump’s EPA May Be Weakening Chemical Safety Law.” The [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)] and industry leaders dispute that the framework rules undermine [the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)]. “I thought they were clearer, cleaner and more focused,” says Lynn Bergeson, a lawyer whose firm Bergeson & Campbell specializes in chemical issues. She adds the new rules will result in a “better use of EPA ... read more >
August 15, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted In “EPA TSCA Guide May Give Industry New Strategies For Risk Evaluations”
On August 15, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®) was quoted by Inside EPA discussing how new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) risk evaluation guidelines may impact industry. “My sense is that if you have a promising chemical product and wish to get it through the risk evaluation process sooner rather than later, considering this option makes sense,” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of environmental law firm Bergeson & Campbell, tells Inside EPA. “You control the timing, and might have a better line of sight on agency ... read more >
August 10, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemistry World Article “EPA Clears Chemicals Backlog”
On August 10, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Chemistry World regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “announcement that it has ‘eliminated’ the logjam of 600 new chemicals undergoing review” under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Lynn Bergeson, a managing partner with the Washington, DC-based law firm Bergeson & Campbell that advises chemical companies about regulatory compliance, is enthusiastic about the developments. ‘This means that those new chemical notifications that ... read more >
August 8, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Included Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson and Charles M. Auer on EPA Chemical Backlog
On August 8, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of  The Acta Group (Acta®), and Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with Acta, were quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report in the article “Clearing EPA's New Chemicals ‘Backlog’ Cheered by Industry.” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. in Washington, also praised the EPA's progress. That law firm will review EPA's latest statistics to assess the agency's progress completing negotiations it undertakes with chemical manufacturers after it ... read more >
August 4, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., on EPA’s New Electronic Reporting System
On August 4, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “Chemical Makers Told to Act Now, Duck Regulatory Hassles Later.” Chemical manufacturers should have access to the EPA's electronic reporting system now to avoid headaches in six months as the deadline approaches to notify the agency about chemicals they have made or imported during the past 10 years. The clock hasn't started yet for the 180 days that chemical manufacturers and importers have to notify the agency, ... read more >
August 3, 2017
Charles M. Auer Quoted In “Chemical Risk Review Details Expected From EPA by Fall”
On August 3, 2017, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report discussing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to release documents detailing its new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical review process.  The documents are expected to aid companies as they prepare premanufacture notices (PMNs) they must submit when asking the agency to approve a new chemical, Charlie Auer, senior regulatory and policy adviser with Bergeson & Campbell, said. As a result, companies may ... read more >
July 18, 2017
TSCA Hot Topics: Inventory Notification and Strategies for Complying, and Update on Section 5
Bloomberg BNA/Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Webinar Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Complimentary Registration Available Online   With the recent release of the 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) dataset and the initial interim list of active substances released with the June 2017 copy of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory (Inventory), the magnitude of effort that will be needed to comply with the Section 8(b)(4) Inventory notification process is becoming clear (see our June 6, 2017, memorandum “Preparing for the Inventory Reset: It Is Not ... read more >
June 21, 2017
Inside EPA Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson on Challenges to TSCA Framework Rules
On June 21, 2017, Inside EPA quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), in the article “As EPA Issues TSCA's Framework Rules, Bipartisan Law Faces Challenges.” […] Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of the firm Bergeson & Campbell, suggested some concern in EPA's ability to advance use of these new technologies. She too, noted Lautenberg's requirements regarding non-animal testing, including its direction that EPA craft a plan to mange the transition by June 22, 2018. “We find it very important and terrific that section 4(h) ... read more >
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