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August 12, 2020
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted in Bloomberg Environment Article “Utilities Want to Use EPA Chemicals Law to Protect Drinking Water”
On August 10, 2020, Bloomberg Environment featured comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding water utilities requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) use all its regulatory tools to safeguard drinking water as it decides whether to allow new chemicals into U.S. commerce. The utilities’ efforts are part of a broader trend in which new businesses are recognizing the chemicals law can affect them, said Richard E. Engler, director of chemistry at the law firm Bergeson and Campbell PC. “More ... read more >
May 7, 2020
“TSCA Reform—Four Years Later” Leads an Exciting Slate of Upcoming TSCA Events
“TSCA Reform -- Four Years Later” Leads an Exciting Slate of Upcoming TSCA Seminars, Workshops, and Trainings Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to share information regarding a full slate of upcoming opportunities for chemical industry stakeholders to stay abreast of key developments, adjusted due dates, and future plans regarding the implementation of the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).    These events are virtual, vital, affordable, and presented in a variety of lengths and formats to fit the schedules of our valued clients as they ... read more >
April 29, 2020
Register now for "Eurasia REACH: Achieving Timely Compliance with New Chemicals Requirements"
  Eurasia REACH:  Achieving Timely Compliance with New Chemicals Requirements   Wednesday, May 27, 2020 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EDT)   Register Today   In 2017, the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) issued in final a regional chemical framework, Technical Regulation (TR) on the Safety of Chemical Products EAEU 041/2017.  The implementation date for the chemicals framework was June 1, 2021, but several factors have resulted in delays. In spite of these delays, the Russian Federation is moving forward with its own chemicals management program.   The program ... read more >
April 23, 2020
Sheryl L. Dolan Quoted in Bloomberg Environment Article "Air Purifiers Making Covid-19 Claims Face Legal, Financial Risks"
On April 23, 2020, Sheryl L. Dolan, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding EPA enforcement actions targeting unsubstantiated marketing claims that products protect against viruses, including Covid-19.  “If they’re making claims that the device treats the ambient air around us, but the virus isn’t expected to be there, it doesn’t actually protect anyone,” said Sheryl Dolan, a senior regulatory consultant at Bergeson and Campbell PC. “So, the claims these companies are ... read more >
April 1, 2020
Acta Group Launches CDR Cross-Check™ To Assist Companies in Identifying Chemical Data Reporting Requirements
The Acta Group (Acta®) announced today the launch of CDR Cross-Check™, an ingenious yet simple tool developed and offered by Acta to assist companies in preparing for the 2020 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). CDR Cross-Check utilizes the most recent CDR listing information publicly available provided by EPA (currently, 2016 lists) to identify whether all or some of a company’s inventory of chemical substances are subject to CDR under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and, if so, at what reporting threshold. CDR ... read more >
March 25, 2020
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg Environment Article “Auto, Other Importers to Get Chemical Fees Break, EPA Says”
On March 25, 2020, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) was quoted by Bloomberg Environment in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to not go after certain companies that failed to identify themselves to help pay a portion of the chemical risk evaluation fee imposed by a Toxic Substances Control Act fee rule issued in October 2018. The exempted companies include those that import products such as cars, computers, and furniture that contain one or more of the 20 chemicals; manufacturers that produce the ... read more >
March 23, 2020
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson Featured in Bloomberg Environment Article “EPA Ruling Could Allow Controversial Nanoparticles in Pesticides”
On March 23, 2020, comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) were featured by Bloomberg Environment regarding a proposed registration for Polyguard, which uses nanosilver particles to protect textiles from microbes and bacteria. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell P.C., said Polyguard’s registration application is much more targeted, for use only on textiles. “It’s also formulated differently, it’s not in a liquid suspension (like NSPW-L30SS), it’s in the form of a plastic bead or ... read more >
March 18, 2020
Comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Featured in Bloomberg Environment Article “Groups Say EPA’s Withholding New Chemicals Data From Public”
On March 18, 2020, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding a lawsuit brought against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) saying the agency failed to provide information about chemical use and new chemicals to which the public is legally entitled. “I do not question the plaintiffs’ goals—EPA has a clear obligation and should re-commit to meeting those obligations—but do question whether a lawsuit is the most efficient way to achieve those goals,” said ... read more >
March 10, 2020
Christopher R. Blunck, Former Special Assistant to the Director of EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Joins Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce that Christopher R. Blunck has joined our firms as Of Counsel with B&C and Senior Regulatory Specialist with Acta. Mr. Blunck most recently served as Policy Analyst and Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). Mr. Blunck has managed or participated in the development of hundreds of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and Toxics Release Inventory Program (TRI) regulations, guidance documents, ... read more >
February 7, 2020
James V. Aidala Quoted by The Washington Post in “Trump has kept this controversial pesticide on the market. Now its biggest manufacturer is stopping production”
On February 6, 2020, comments by James V. Aidala, Senior Government Affairs Consultant with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), were featured in a Washington Post article about Corteva Agriscience’s decision to stop producing the pesticide chlorpyrifos. Jim Aidala, a consultant for Corteva who served as EPA’s associate administrator for pesticides and toxics under Bill Clinton, said in an interview that because the Obama administration made a decision on chlorpyrifos just before Trump took office, the science it relied on “never got fully vetted.” The ... read more >
January 23, 2020
B&C Launches TSCA Tutor™ Online, On-Demand Training Courses
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce the release of the complete suite of TSCA Tutor™ regulatory training courses online and on-demand at www.TSCAtutor.com.  Professionals seeking expert, efficient, essential training can preview and enroll in on-demand classes to complete at their own pace and timing.  In addition to the newly released online e-learning courses, B&C’s TSCA Tutor™ training platform offers live in-person training at a company’s site and customized live webinar training, so companies can mix and match training ... read more >
November 6, 2019
Turkey REACH (KKDIK):  Achieving Timely Compliance with New Chemicals Requirements
Turkey REACH (KKDIK): Achieving Timely Compliance with New Chemicals Requirements Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (EST) Register Today Turkey’s Registration (Kaydı), Evaluation (Değerlendirilmesi), Authorization (İzni) and Restriction (Kısıtlanması) of Chemicals (Kimyasalların) (Turkey REACH/KKDIK) regulation was published by Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU) on June 23, 2017. The regulation entered into force on December 23, 2017. Similar to EU REACH, KKDIK is an ambitious law that covers a wide range of issues pertaining to ... read more >
October 29, 2019
Lynn L. Bergeson, "The Growing Influence of Chemical Risk Evaluation on the M&A Market," Financier Worldwide, October 2019.
In 2018, the global M&A market achieved a transaction volume of $4.1 trillion, the third highest year ever for M&A volumes. Divestitures, spin-offs and split-offs are essential to defining corporate identity, a key shareholder imperative. This brisk pace is expected to continue. Whatever the motivation, M&A activity demands razor-sharp due diligence. The premise of this article is that due diligence often underestimates or, worse, ignores the impact implementation of revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the US industrial chemical safety law, has on commercial ... read more >
October 22, 2019
Acta and CRAD Present Compimentary Webinar "Turkey REACH (KKDIK): Achieving Timely Compliance with New Chemicals Requirements"
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST (GMT-5) Register Today Turkey’s Registration (Kaydı), Evaluation (Değerlendirilmesi), Authorization (İzni) and Restriction (Kısıtlanması) of Chemicals (Kimyasalların) (Turkey REACH/KKDIK) regulation was published by Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU) on June 23, 2017.  The regulation entered into force on December 23, 2017.  Similar to EU REACH, KKDIK is an ambitious law that covers a wide range of issues pertaining to chemical safety.    Entities manufacturing in or importing ... read more >
October 16, 2019
RCRA Improvement Rules: An Update and Discussion
RCRA Improvement Rules: An Update and Discussion Wednesday, October 16, 2019 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EDT) Register Today Overview: On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the final “Generator Improvements Rule” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). 81 Fed. Reg. 85732. The potential scope of the revised regulatory program is immense -- the changes will affect almost 700,000 facilities. The rule is the most comprehensive overhaul of the RCRA generator requirements in 30 years. Although the rule took effect on May 30, 2017, ... read more >
September 16, 2019
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group Add Multiple New Professionals in an Expansion of Services
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce the addition of five accomplished, experienced professionals to our firms.   Heather J. Blankinship has joined our firms as a Senior Regulatory Consultant. Ms. Blankinship works with clients to develop strategic, comprehensive, cost-effective approaches to global regulatory compliance, product risk assessment, and sustainability programs. Ms. Blankinship’s product category expertise includes oil and gas, polymers and fibers, specialty materials and solvents, glass manufacturing, and ... read more >
September 10, 2019
Lynn L. Bergeson Named President of the Board of Directors of the Product Stewardship Society
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Product Stewardship Society (PSS) Board of Directors inducted Lynn L. Bergeson as President during its annual board meeting preceding the Product Stewardship conference being held in Columbus, Ohio, September 10 - 12, 2019.  Ms. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), will serve as President through 2021. Ms. Bergeson has served on the PSS Board of Directors since 2015.   PSS is an affiliate of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA®), launched in 2012 to drive the product stewardship profession forward by ... read more >
August 29, 2019
Lynn L. Bergeson Earns Highest Ranking in Chambers USA Guide 2019
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson has been awarded the highest ranking attainable, Band 1, in Chambers USA Guide 2019. This is Ms. Bergeson’s 14th year of being ranked by Chambers USA as one of the best lawyers in America. The commentary accompanying her 2019 Chambers ranking speaks of Ms. Bergeson’s “stellar reputation in the environment space,”and quotes clients as saying: “If you need advice in the chemical regulatory arena, there is no better choice than Lynn. She provides five-star ... read more >
June 5, 2019
Career Opportunity - Quality Assurance Specialist
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and its consulting affiliate, The Acta Group, L.L.C. (Acta®), are seeking a Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist to join our growing team of regulatory consultants, scientists, and policy experts.  The QA Specialist will monitor and perform quality assurance for nonclinical Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP studies and laboratories, will assess studies and resulting scientific data for compliance with applicable guidelines and regulations, and will prepare documentation in support of product approvals and regulatory compliance in ... read more >
May 22, 2019
WEBINAR - - Preserving Cosmetics on a Global Scale:  It Is Harder Than You Think
Available On Demand Overview: Cosmetic formulations often contain preservatives to protect the product’s integrity and extend its shelf life.  The regulatory requirements that product manufacturers must adhere to when incorporating preservatives into their products and what claims are permissible on their product labels is far from harmonized globally, and the path is not getting easier.  This webinar will provide an overview of cosmetic ingredient regulations in the U.S., the European Union (EU), Canada, and China, focusing on how preservatives are regulated in cosmetic ... read more >
May 22, 2019
Preserving Cosmetics on a Global Scale:  It is Harder than You Think
Preserving Cosmetics on a Global Scale: It is Harder than You Think Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EDT) Register Today Overview: Cosmetic formulations often contain preservatives to protect the product’s integrity and extend its shelf life. The regulatory requirements that product manufacturers must adhere to when incorporating preservatives into their products and what claims are permissible on their product labels is far from harmonized globally, and the path is not getting easier. This webinar will provide an overview of cosmetic ingredient regulations in the ... read more >
April 26, 2019
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted by Bloomberg Environment in Article “Chemical Rule Sent Back to EPA on Trade Secret Concerns”
On April 26, 2019, Bloomberg Environment quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling that a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule failed to require chemical manufacturers to sufficiently prove that they have protected their chemical’s secret identity from discovery through reverse engineering. The requirement for companies to substantiate their claims that they have taken steps to prevent their chemicals’ discovery through reverse engineering seems appropriate, said ... read more >
April 23, 2019
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson and Kathleen M. Roberts, Included in Bloomberg Environment Article Regarding EPA Chemical Reporting Proposal
On April 23, 2019, Bloomberg Environment featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), and Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President of B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), in the article “EPA Proposal May Not Streamline Chemical Reporting After All.” Attorneys and other industry consultants told Bloomberg Environment the agency’s proposal would be a mixed bag in terms of saved time. […] Companies would have to spend time learning new codes under an international system the EPA said it would adopt to file ... read more >
April 15, 2019
Jason E. Johnston, M.S. Co-Authors “Benchmarking the Current Codex Alimentarius International Estimated Short-Term Intake Equations and the Proposed New Equations” in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce the publication of “Benchmarking the Current Codex Alimentarius International Estimated Short-Term Intake Equations and the Proposed New Equations,” co-authored by Jason E. Johnston, M.S., Senior Scientist with B&C and Acta. The article was published by the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry and can be accessed at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jafc.8b05547.  The five co-authors of the study were assembled by Cheryl Cleveland through CropLife ... read more >
April 9, 2019
FIFRA Hot Topics in Pesticide, Biocides, and Other Agricultural Chemicals Regulation and Litigation
  Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EDT) Register Today Throughout the first few months of 2019, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) issues have been dynamic, complicated, and controversial with regard to both individual pesticides (example: chlorpyrifos), as well as continued debates about larger state, national, and international policies.  March in particular roared in like a lion -- the “Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2018,” which reauthorizes the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act (PRIA 4) ... read more >
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