ACTA News: Green Chemistry

September 15, 2017
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Presents “Chemical Substance Management in Central and South America” at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids
On September 11, 2017, Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant with The Acta Group (Acta®), presented “Chemical Substance Management in Central and South America: Insights into Sustainability, Regulatory and Management Opportunities” at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids in Cancun, Mexico.  In general, Central and South America have no formal chemical inventories in place, no formal pre-notification schemes, and no implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) ... read more >
May 4, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Contribute to ABA SEER’s The Year in Review 2016
The Acta Group (Acta®) is pleased to announce the publication of The Year in Review 2016:  Environment, Energy, and Resources Law by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER).  The Year in Review provides an annual summary of developments in environmental, energy, and resources law.  Acta President Lynn L. Bergeson and Senior Chemist Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., co-authored the Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know 2016 Annual Report.    The 2016 Annual Report provides a detailed review of the ... read more >
July 15, 2016
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted In Environmental Leader Article “What Does the Loss of ‘Green Chemistry’ Provision from Amended TSCA Mean for Biochemicals?”
On July 15, 2016, Lynn L. Bergeson, President of The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in an Environmental Leader article on the impacts of the loss of a green chemistry provision from Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform. As Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell writes in a blog post, the provision “called for a study of how to best incentivize sustainable chemistry research and development, as well as support ‘economic, legal and other appropriate social science research to identify barriers to commercialization and methods to advance ... read more >
June 12, 2015
The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge:  Celebrating 20 Years of Green Chemistry Innovation
B&C has prepared and serviced this press release based on information publicly available from EPA and ACS. We have no involvement in or knowledge of the award selection process. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are deeply committed to supporting the development of greener, more sustainable chemical processes and products, and so we are pleased to help spread the news about a tremendous success story, featuring scientists from industry, government, and academia working together to create groundbreaking solutions to real-world environmental ... read more >
April 13, 2015
Stewardship 2015 Presents Vital Program for Product Stewardship Professionals
Lynn L. Bergeson Joins Product Stewardship Society Board of Directors Stewardship 2015, June 1-3, 2015, Salt Lake City, Utah, is the only national conference dedicated to educating and equipping product stewards, industrial hygienists, environmental health and safety (EHS) professionals, and others involved in the day-to-day work of product stewardship. Stewardship 2015 is co-located with AIHce2015, the premiere conference and exposition for occupational and EHS professionals. Stewardship 2015 is presented by the Product Stewardship Society, a membership organization dedicated ... read more >
March 27, 2015
Interest in West Coast Sustainable Futures Training
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and its affiliate organizations are investigating the possibility of hosting a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sustainable Futures workshop on the West Coast in late 2015. As you may know, Sustainable Futures training focuses on a variety of tools, methods, and models that can be used to assess the hazard and potential exposure of chemicals. The intensive, hands-on training provided at Sustainable Futures workshops allows attendees to utilize the EPA methods of hazard and risk screening for human health, ecotoxicity, and ... read more >
January 21, 2015
EPA Grants BRAG® Petition Requesting Partial CDR Exemptions for Biodiesel Products
On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a petition from the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) to add "biodiesel" as a chemical category for partial reporting exemption at 40 C.F.R. Section 711.6(b)(2)(iv) under the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule and will be proceeding with a direct final rule to be published later in January. The approved biodiesel category on the partial reporting exemption list will include the following chemicals: Fatty acids, C14-18 and Cl6-18-unsatd., Me esters (Chemical Abstract Services ... read more >
January 5, 2015
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Joins Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group as Senior Policy Advisor
  Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce the addition of Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., to our firms as Senior Policy Advisor. Dr. Engler is a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is one of the most widely recognized experts in the field of green chemistry, having served as senior staff scientist in EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) and leader of EPA's Green Chemistry Program. Dr. Engler has participated in thousands of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) substance ... read more >
September 8, 2014
Upcoming Green Chemistry and Safer Consumer Products Events
Stay Compliant and Competitive Under the Newer, Greener Chemical Control Paradigms The dramatic shift in law and policy away from the regulation of end-of-pipe discharges of chemicals into the environment toward a more proactive focus on greener ingredient selection and manufacturing processes to prevent pollution at the source continues unabated, with over two dozen states having considered and/or passed new legislation in 2014. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is deeply engaged in green chemistry issues and is pleased to be sponsoring and presenting at key events this Fall ... read more >
July 1, 2014
Learn How to Pre-Screen New Chemicals Using EPA’s Models and Methods at Sustainable Futures Training
  Co-hosted by the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG™), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and George Washington University (GWU) August 5-7, 2014, at the GWU Campus in Washington, D.C. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: During this hands-on three-day workshop, you will learn about a variety of tools, methods, and models that can be used to assess the hazard and potential exposure of chemicals. Methods addressed will include hazard and risk screening for human health, ecotoxicity, and environmental fate. The ... read more >
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