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January 16, 2019
Chemical Watch Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding the Impact of the Shutdown on TSCA New Chemical Reviews
On January 16, 2019, Chemical Watch spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), for the article “Shutdown spells further delays to TSCA new chemicals reviews.” "Until we have information from the agency, we are more or less assuming that [new chemical review processes] are all suspended, Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at Bergeson & Campbell, told Chemical Watch. And the fear for many is that the shutdown will exacerbate an already overtaxed new chemicals review process, compromising the ability for companies to bring new ... read more >
January 11, 2019
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments by Kathleen M. Roberts Regarding Delayed CDR Rule
On January 11, 2019, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Kathleen M. Roberts, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “Chemical Makers’ Data Duties Delayed by Shutdown.” “Assuming the proposed changes are not major, the delay in releasing the proposed [Chemical Data Reporting] rule is an inconvenience rather than a block impeding chemical manufacturers ability to do business,” said Kathleen M. Roberts, a vice president at Bergeson and Campbell, P.C. in Washington, D.C. “The delay may cost chemical ... read more >
January 7, 2019
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., in the Article “Wheeler Pledges More ‘Sunshine’ on Chemical Oversight”
On January 7, 2019, Bloomberg Environment quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®) and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Acta, regarding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s pledge to make public more information about chemical safety decisions. Richard Engler, director of chemistry at Bergeson & Campbell PC, described Wheeler’s promises as reflecting “EPA’s commitment to fulfilling its responsibilities with regard to transparency in EPA’s TSCA processes.” The ... read more >
January 7, 2019
Inside EPA Includes Quotes From James V. Aidala In The Article “Democrats Seek PRIA Passage After EPA Vows To Preserve Pesticide Rules”
On January 7, 2019, Inside EPA featured comments by James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding new efforts to reauthorize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) program. EPA's authority to collect fees lapsed Dec. 21 when lawmakers failed to approve legislation funding EPA and other agencies, depriving them of a legislative vehicle to which they could attach a PRIA reauthorization. While the agency's pesticides office operated under the partial ... read more >
December 21, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Includes Quotes From Christopher R. Bryant In The Article “2019 Outlook: EPA To Ease Companies’ Coal Ash Disposal Rules”
On December 21, 2018, Bloomberg Environment featured comments by Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Specialist, The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to update coal ash disposal requirements. The changes are consistent with the agency’s preference for states to take the lead on setting their own disposal requirements, Christopher Bryant, senior regulatory consultant for Bergeson & Campbell PC in Washington, told Bloomberg Environment. The agency is likely considering that “one size fits all doesn’t ... read more >
December 20, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding Potential Impacts Of A Government Shutdown On The EPA Chemical Program
On December 20, 2018, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), for the article “‘Calamitous’ Harm Possible for EPA Chemical Program in Shutdown.” Shutting the government down could have particularly severe effects on the EPA’s oversight of chemicals in commerce and further delay the entry of new chemicals onto the market, two attorneys specializing in chemical policy told Bloomberg Environment. “If a shutdown were to occur—any shutdown of any length—would invite calamitous ... read more >
December 19, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding EPA’s 2019 Chemical Rules Outlook
On December 19, 2018, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), for the article “2019 Outlook: ‘Most Active Year Yet’ Looms on EPA Chemical Rules.” The EPA didn’t reply to a question about how many people are working in its chemicals office but said it was allowed to hire up to 340 in fiscal year 2018, an increase from 311 in the previous year. The agency said it couldn’t comment on how many people it will have in fiscal year 2019 until Congress decides on the EPA budget. But the workload facing the ... read more >
November 28, 2018
Inside EPA Features Recent B&C Blog Post in “Former ORD Acting Chief Joins EPA Toxics Office Leadership” Article
On November 28, 2018, Inside EPA included information on Lek Kadeli’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appointment first posted in Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) TSCAblogTM post “EPA Announces New Acting Deputy AA at OCSPP.” Lek Kadeli, a top former EPA career official in the research office (ORD), is joining the management team for EPA's toxics office, bolstering the office as it ramps up to implement the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Senate prepares to consider Alexandra Dunn, the Trump ... read more >
November 26, 2018
Inside EPA References B&C Memorandum On EPA’s First Draft TSCA Risk Evaluation
On November 26, 2018, Inside EPA included information from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) memorandum “EPA Publishes First Draft TSCA Chemical Risk Evaluation” in the article “EPA's PV29 Assessment Likely to Test Reformed TSCA's Data Standards.” In a Nov. 16 memo on the draft's release, the law firm Bergeson and Campbell suggests that there may be little reason to challenge the agency's finding though it leaves the door open to questioning the data EPA relied on. The draft “appears to cover all of the key elements ... read more >
November 14, 2018
Inside EPA Features Comments By Christopher R. Bryant Regarding Conditional RCRA Exemptions for Airbag Removals
On November 14, 2018, Inside EPA spoke with Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Specialist, The Acta Group (Acta®), for the article “EPA Eases RCRA For Airbag Removals But Keeps Hazardous Waste Status.” [W]hile dealers and others removing the airbags will be conditionally exempt under the new rule, others further down the waste stream will not, says Chris Bryant, a former EPA waste official who is now a senior regulatory consultant with Bergeson and Campbell.  […] Bryant, the industry consultant, notes EPA spends much space in the rule justifying ... read more >
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