ACTA News: Biobased Products, Biotechnology

June 17, 2014
On Capitol Hill, In The Press, And At Key Events, Momentum And Membership Builds For The Biobased And Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG™)
Far from slowing down as the dog days of summer approach, BRAG and its growing membership have been highly visible and actively working to smooth the regulatory path for, and advance the commercialization of, biobased chemicals. And the pace is only going to pick-up as the temperature rises. BRAG is: Shaping Biobased Policy BRAG is engaged with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff concerning BRAG's petition for reduced reporting requirements for certain biobased chemical substances under the Chemical Data Reporting rule. The successful outcome of this ... read more >
March 26, 2014
Manufacturers Urge EPA to Apply TSCA Consistently in Final Rules for Six Mixtures
Kathleen M. Roberts was quoted in an article in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report titled “Manufacturers Urge EPA to Apply TSCA Consistently in Final Rules for Six Mixtures.” “Chemical manufacturers are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to apply Toxic Substances Control Act policies consistently to both biobased and petroleum-based chemical mixtures as it finalizes a proposed rule that would restrict uses of six chemicals designed for renewable fuels. ‘The agency's decision on these six chemical mixtures is one of several situations in which the ... read more >
February 6, 2014
New Opportunities and Practical Advice Shared at Bio-Based Renewable Chemicals Summit
The 5th Annual Bio-Based and Renewable Chemicals Summit is underway and throughout the proceedings attendees have heard one message loud and clear: renewables are here, they are growing, and the time for addressing the critical path to commercialization is now. Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG™), served as Summit Chair. She moderated a spirited session featuring Benjamin M. Borns, Technical Expert in Application of Bio-Based Materials, Sherwin-Williams; Stéphane Delalande, Ph.D., Materials Innovation, ... read more >
July 1, 2013
EPA Urged to Work on Compliance Issues For Makers of Biobased, Other Chemicals
The July 1, 2013, issue of Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report featured comments from the BNA webinar called “Toxic Substances Control Act Premanufacture Notifications: The New State of Play,” moderated by Lynn L. Bergeson. “The Environmental Protection Agency should work with chemical manufacturers and other parties to address some core issues complicating regulatory compliance for biobased and other chemical manufacturers, an attorney and an expert in chemical control regulations told EPA officials June 27. These issues can confuse chemical purchasers along with ... read more >
June 24, 2013
B2PAC Changes Name to BRAG, Conducts Workshops on TSCA
Washington, D.C. (June 24, 2013): The Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC) debuted today a new name, logo, and web address to describe more fully and descriptively the wide range of industrial biotechnology products made by its member companies. The consortium is now known as the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group, or BRAG. The new name and logo were previewed last week at the 2013 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal. As has been the consortium's focus from the beginning, BRAG exists so that concerned ... read more >
May 21, 2013
Lynn L Bergeson Quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Regarding Support for Renewable Chemicals, Biobased Products in the 2013 Farm Bill.
In a May 21, 2013, article reporting on the Senate’s Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 (S. 954) and the House’s Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013 (H.R. 1947), Daily Environment Report quoted Ms. Bergeson: “‘The House bill would provide only discretionary funding for the programs,’ Lynn Bergeson, managing principal of the law firm Bergeson & Campbell PC, which manages the Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC), told BNA May 20. The Senate bill would mandate funding for the biorefinery program from FY 2014 ... read more >
November 9, 2012
Tax, Regulatory Incentives Needed to Spur Commercialization of Sustainable Products
The November 9, 2012, issue of Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quotes Lynn L. Bergeson, who suggested that the federal government offer manufacturers incentives and explicit regulatory review process to encourage them to spend money developing more sustainable ... read more >
November 9, 2012
Incomplete Grasp of TSCA Can Cause Delays, Raise Costs for Biobased Chemical Makers
The November 9, 2012, issue of Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quotes Lynn L. Bergeson, who stated that “ lack of awareness as to how the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) applies invites business ... read more >
November 5, 2012
Save the Date:  Election Results: What Is in Store for Environmental Law and Policy
November 14, 2012 -- 1:30 p.m. (EST) Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C) is pleased to host a video webinar on the implications of the election results on federal environmental law and policy on November 14, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. (EST). This webinar will focus on the implications of the elections, including what policies and initiatives can be expected in the next four years, and how any likely regulatory directions may affect our clients. Lynn L. Bergeson will moderate the panel. Speakers include: James V. Aidala, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.: Mr. Aidala served as Assistant ... read more >
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