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April 4, 2022

Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article “White House to Define ‘Sustainable Chemistry’ as EU Demands It”

The ACTA Group

On April 1, 2022, an article written by Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), was referenced by Bloomberg Law regarding the White House’s efforts to define “sustinable chemistry.” The quoted article, “Don’t Ignore Game-Changing EU Environmental Initiatives,” discusses noteworthy European Union (EU) chemical regulatory and policy initiatives that are expected to impact U.S. chemical stakeholders.  

The White House wants help defining “sustainable chemistry” in an effort that industries, investors, and others say could make the fuzzy concept more actionable and useful as European laws increasingly demand sustainable products.

The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) will officially publish on Monday a request for interested parties to offer views on their preferred definition for sustainable chemistry. Comments are due June 3.

The lack of consensus on the term poses difficulties for industries across the U.S., OSTP and individuals working with diverse industries said in interviews and emails prior to the notice being published.

The White House effort comes as the European Commission works to implement its 2020 Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, a core part of the European Green Deal. That strategy is likely to cause tremors within the U.S. chemical industry and related stakeholders, according to Lynn L. Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson and Campbell PC.

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