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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 >
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 >
March 20, 2019
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments by Kathleen M. Roberts Regarding EPA’s High Priority Chemical Determinations
On March 20, 2019, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Kathleen M. Roberts, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and vice president of B&C® Consortia Management LLC (BC-CM), for the article “Industry Advisers Back EPA Strategy on Chemical Vetting.” Looking at several chemicals that serve a similar commercial function can help industry provide the EPA with what it needs to sort the 40 chemicals into the two categories […] For example, the hazards and uses of chemicals in a group will tend to be similar […] It also makes ... read more >
March 11, 2019
HazMat Management Republishes Acta’s Article “PHMSA Study Will Assess Aligning U.S. and International Regulations for Aerosol Containers”
On March 11, 2019, the HazMat Management magazine republished The Acta Group's (Acta®) article “PHMSA Study Will Assess Aligning U.S. and International Regulations for Aerosol Containers.” HazMat Management magazine has covered Canadian environmental health and safety compliance issues for over 17 years. The full article on the HazMat Management page is now available ... read more >
March 11, 2019
Bloomberg Environment Includes Quotes from James V. Aidala in “EPA Budget Calls for Speedier Pesticide Reviews”
On March 11, 2019, Bloomberg Environment featured comments by James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding a plan for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cut two months off the time it takes to review pesticide registrations. One chemical-industry consultant says the EPA’s ability to shave 60 days from its reviews depends on the kind of registration. “You’re not going to cut two months from a product with a four- or a six-month review time,” said James V. Aidala, a government affairs ... read more >
March 1, 2019
Inside EPA Quotes B&C’s Forecast 2019 in the Article “EPA submits TSCA CBI proposal for White House review”
On March 1, 2019, Inside EPA quoted Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2019 regarding ongoing lawsuits that could foreshadow future challenges to the CBI proposal. The law firm Bergeson & Campbell says in its “Forecast 2019” publication that environmentalists' ongoing lawsuit on EPA's “Inventory notification rule … may presage a challenge to the CBI review rule.” The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) claims that EPA’s 2017 inventory notification rule ... read more >
February 28, 2019
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., included in Bloomberg Environment Article Regarding Worker Safeguards
On February 28, 2019, Bloomberg Environment featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Acta, in the article “Chemical Law’s Worker Safeguards Ditched by EPA, Advocates Say.” Safety data sheets impose obligations on employers, said Richard E. Engler, director of chemistry for the Bergeson & Campbell PC law firm. The firm manages the TSCA New Chemicals Coalition in which chemical manufacturers share experiences with and concerns about the agency’s new chemicals ... read more >
February 22, 2019
Inside EPA Includes Quotes From Christopher R. Bryant in The Article “Clock starts for suits on pharmaceutical waste rule”
On February 22, 2019, Inside EPA featured comments by Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently released pharmaceutical waste rule. A former EPA waste official believes the rule will almost certainly draw litigation. “I would bet my one-eyed, drunken dog on it,” says Chris Bryant, a former agency waste official who is now a senior regulatory consultant with Bergeson and Campbell. See - ... read more >
February 20, 2019
Inside EPA Includes Quotes from James V. Aidala Regarding Alexandra Dunn’s Implementation of TSCA
On February 20, 2019, Inside EPA featured comments by James V. Aidala, Senior Government Affairs Consultant with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), in the article “New EPA Toxics Chief Seeks To Quell Critics As Agency Implements TSCA.” Jim Aidala, a former EPA toxics chief in the Clinton administration who is now with Bergeson & Campbell, said that Dunn’s confirmation will help the agency navigate its heavy workload in implementing the new law, even as the agency will face stepped-up oversight from House lawmakers and possible criticism from Democratic ... read more >
February 15, 2019
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Inside EPA Article “Plaintiffs Weigh Appeal After Court Rejects EPA Science Advisor Policy Suit”
On February 15, 2019, Inside EPA featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding a suit brought against the Trump EPA's policy barring any recipient of an EPA grant from serving on one of its many scientific advisory committees McFadden's ruling is not a total victory for EPA, since the agency had argued for dismissal on standing, ripeness and merits grounds. While McFadden dismissed the suit on the merits, he did find for the plaintiffs on standing and ripeness -- and the other judges could as well. Lynn Bergeson, ... read more >
February 5, 2019
Inside EPA Features Recent B&C TSCAblogTM Post in “ADAO Asks EPA To Reconsider Asbestos Petition Denial, States File Petition” Article
On February 5, 2019, Inside EPA quoted Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) TSCAblogTM post “Attorneys General Petition EPA to Issue Asbestos Reporting Rule” regarding a state petition for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue an asbestos reporting rule under TSCA Section 8(a). The law firm Bergeson & Campbell writes in a Feb. 1 post on its TSCAblog that the states' “petition cites EPA’s denial” of the advocates' petition “seeking similar action that the Attorneys General are ... read more >
January 31, 2019
Inside EPA Features Excerpts of B&C’s Forecast 2019 in “EPA sends proposed CDR revisions for OMB review"
On January 31, 2019, Inside EPA quoted Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) Forecast 2019 regarding proposed changes to the Consumer Data Reporting (CDR) rule. “While these proposed changes may be helpful to the reporting community, it is imperative that EPA move quickly with its proposals so stakeholders are fully educated well before the next reporting cycle in 2020,” the law firm Bergeson & Campbell PC, which represents chemical sector clients says in its 2019 forecast of chemical regulations. “EPA has made changes in ... read more >
January 31, 2019
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Full Circle Blog Post “The Push and Pull of Product Stewardship Revealed”
On January 31, 2019, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and President-Elect of the Product Stewardship Society (PSS) was featured in PSS’s blog post about the closing session of Product Stewardship 2018. The closing session of Product Stewardship 2018 focused on the two forces that often drive the industry: government regulation and customer demand. Product Stewardship Society President-Elect Lynn Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, moderated a discussion between Dr. Nancy Beck, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the ... read more >
January 29, 2019
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted By Inside EPA Regarding EPA’s Increased Backlog of Chemical Applications
On January 29, 2019, Inside EPA quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), in the article “EPA Faces New Backlog Of Chemical Applications After Shutdown Ends.” A draft framework the agency crafted in 2017 to speed PMN reviews drew widespread criticisms from environmentalists and others, forcing Wheeler to pledge late last year that the agency would reconsider the most recent draft review plan. But the shutdown will bring a new backlog of PMNs now that the agency has reopened. “They had the backlog ... read more >
January 28, 2019
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted By Bloomberg Environment in “EPA’s Chemicals Office May Begin Normal Work By Week’s End”
On January 28, 2019, Bloomberg Environment quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) resuming work after the government shutdown. Employees in the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemicals office may be able to begin their normal tasks reviewing new and evaluating the risks of existing ones by the end of this week, said Richard Engler, director of chemistry at Bergeson & Campbell PC. Engler worked for 17 years in the EPA’s chemicals office ... read more >
January 25, 2019
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding A Delayed Deadline for New York’s Ingredient Disclosure Requirements
On January 25, 2019, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “New York Pushes Back Cleaning Products’ Disclosure Deadline.” Cleaning product manufacturers and their suppliers are hard put to comply with both New York’s and California’s ingredient disclosure requirements because they are dissimilar, said Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson and Campbell PC, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specializing in chemical policies. New York’s program set ... read more >
January 24, 2019
Chemical Watch Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding the Impact of the Shutdown on TSCA Statutory Deadlines
On January 24, 2019, Chemical Watch spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “Shutdown-related delays could compromise TSCA statutory deadlines.” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at Bergeson & Campbell, said that the shutdown is stretching the limits of what the EPA is capable of completing in terms of TSCA implementation. "I am concerned simply because we all live in the real world, and we have people who are now, by law, not able to work," she said. "Even for ... read more >
January 18, 2019
Inside EPA Features Excerpts of B&C’s Informative Forecast 2019
On January 18, 2019, Inside EPA extensively quoted Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) Forecast 2019 in the article “EPA Shutdown Stymies Looming TSCA Assessment, Rule Deadlines.” Observers are also waiting for EPA to publish its updated TSCA inventory, the list of all existing chemicals, after receiving submissions from industry on which chemicals are deemed active -- manufactured, processed or imported within the past decade -- or inactive. Its publication will start a clock on yet another rulemaking. EPA's framework rule on the TSCA inventory and ... read more >
January 18, 2019
Inside EPA Features Comments by Kathleen M. Roberts Regarding Implementation of TSCA Fee Structure
On January 18, 2019, Inside EPA spoke with Kathleen M. Roberts, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “EPA's Fee Rule Takes Effect Without Suit, A First For TSCA Framework.” Kathleen Roberts, a senior regulatory consultant at the law firm Bergeson & Campbell, suggested that the clarity of the statute regarding fees dissuaded critics from challenging EPA's final rule. “I believe that there were no challenges because the legislative language is very clear as to how much EPA could collect in TSCA fees. The ... read more >
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