ACTA News: Biobased Products, Biotechnology

October 2, 2015
James V. Aidala Quoted in BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Senate Leaders Will Bring TSCA Bill to Floor: Inhofe”
The July 31, 2015, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report spoke with James V. Aidala regarding the progress of Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) modernization legislation. James Aidala, senior government affairs consultant with the law firm  Bergeson & Campbell P.C., said reaching an agreement on preemption is key. Aidala was associate assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances from 1993 to 2000, and previously worked in the pesticides program, for two congressional committees and with the Congressional Research ... read more >
September 3, 2015
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Quoted in Inside EPA Article “New EPA Guide Aims To Improve Synthetic Biology Algae Project Reviews”
A September 3, 2015, Inside EPA article regarding EPA’s efforts to improve how it reviews companies’ proposals to develop synthetic biology products, and specifically biotech algae, featured quotes from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.: In a recent memo to clients, the law firm Bergeson & Campbell calls the announcement of the algae guide update "hugely important for the industrial biotechnology communities," adding that "EPA's announcement suggests a broader Agency initiative is underway, and is best read in the context of other relevant ... read more >
July 31, 2015
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Companies Invited to Help Develop Algae Guidance”
The July 31, 2015, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson regarding EPA’s plans to develop updated guidance for companies making chemicals with genetically engineered microorganisms under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). “EPA's posting of the synbio algae project is hugely important for the industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology communities,” Lynn  Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson  & Campbell P.C., told Bloomberg BNA in an e-mail. Her law firm specializes in policies for emerging technologies ... 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 7, 2015
Oil Price Information Network Features Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., in "TSCA Nomenclature May be Barrier for Advanced Biofuels"
The Oil Price Information Network (OPIS) spoke with Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. , Senior Policy Advisor for Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group, regarding the application of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to oils made from algae feedstocks and other non-traditional bio-materials.  The resulting article in the OPIS Ethanol & Biodiesel Newsletter is reprinted below, with permission from OPIS. TSCA Nomenclature May Be Barrier for Advanced Biofuels Any number of complications could trip up the commercial use of an advanced ... read more >
April 7, 2015
BNA Daily Environment Report Coverage of Science & the Congress Briefing Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson
The April 7, 2015, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report story "Innovation Outpacing Regulatory Systems; Modernized TSCA, New Data Said to Help," reported on "21st Century Understanding of Chemicals," a congressional briefing hosted by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Science & the Congress Project.  Lynn L. Bergeson’s comments at the congressional briefing were quoted.   The Environmental Protection Agency has taken eight times longer to approve new nanoengineered chemicals than new chemicals made with traditional technologies and feedstocks, an attorney specializing in ... 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 >
November 11, 2014
Enhancing Oversight of Synthetic Biology under TSCA to Promote Sustainable Commercial Development
Article Featured in Industrial Biotechnology Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Of Counsel with the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), Charles M. Auer of Charles Auer & Associates, LLC, and Oscar Hernandez, Ph.D. of Oscar Hernandez & Associates, LLC, have published "Creative Adaptation: Enhancing Oversight of Synthetic Biology Under the Toxic Substances Control Act" in the October 2014 issue of Industrial Biotechnology, the journal of biobased innovation to drive the global bioeconomy. In the ... read more >
October 27, 2014
BRAG® Petitions EPA for Biodiesel Products CDR Exemptions Already Granted to Petroleum Products
On October 21, 2014, the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) submitted petitions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that biodiesel fuel manufacturers be granted the same Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) exemptions that petroleum-based diesel manufacturers already receive. BRAG made its petitions through two mechanisms allowed under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) rules. BRAG's petitioning of EPA was reported in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report story "Biobased Diesel Companies Petition EPA For Rules Comparable To Traditional ... read more >
October 14, 2014
Imminent Events of Note in Nanotechnology, Biobased Chemicals, California Safer Consumer Products, and Chemical Regulation Globally
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are proud to be sponsors, presenters, and/or exhibitors at a select number of special events this Fall that will present focused education and guidance on key issues: WEBINAR -- Regulation of Nanotechnology: Practical Information for Industry, Researchers and Other Stakeholders, October 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (EDT) This webinar, presented by the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), will feature James Alwood and Kenneth Moss of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ... read more >
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