ACTA News: Federal/EPA Regulatory Policy

October 14, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article “EPA Strategy Coming to Combat Plastic Pollution, Boost Recycling”
On October 14, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg Law regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to release a national strategy to reduce plastic waste, improve recycling, and boost the market for recycled goods. Ms. Bergeson discussed these issues during the "Moving Towards “Cradle-to-Cradle”: Regulatory Drivers and Barriers in Reducing Waste and Achieving Sustainable Lifecycle Management and a Circular Economy" session of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and ... read more >
July 8, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article "Chemical Reviews Will Ensure Worker Safety, EPA Toxics Head Says"
On July 7, 2021, Bloomberg Law featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®) regarding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement of policies to review the first round of chemical analyses that were performed under the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Biden administration is concerned the Trump administration’s policies to examine chemicals’ risks led to conclusions that ignored too many ways the chemicals might harm people or the environment. Others are concerned that the Biden EPA is ... read more >
May 20, 2021
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “What would substance-wide TSCA risk determinations and other new approaches mean for stakeholders?”
On May 20, 2021, Chemical Watch featured comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, The Acta Group (Acta®) regarding recent policy shifts signaled by the US EPA on how it conducts TSCA risk evaluations. Incorporating environmental justice considerations "may present a significant analytical challenge if EPA seeks to move beyond a fenceline cumulative exposure approach", for example, if a worker is exposed at work and then through living near that facility, said Richard Engler, director of chemistry at Bergeson & Campbell.  "It is not ... read more >
January 28, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. Quoted in Chemical Watch Article "TSCA implementation may be ‘significantly different’ under Biden"
On January 28, 2021, Chemical Watch featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C regarding changes to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) under Biden. "TSCA implementation and interpretation could be significantly different" under the new administration, Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at Bergeson & Campbell, told Chemical Watch. [...] Ms. Bergeson agreed that there is enough ambiguity in the rule to allow for different policy interpretations. "Any ... read more >
January 26, 2021
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson Featured in Chemical Watch “Global Outlook 2021: Risk assessment and management under TSCA – what should we expect?”
Chemical Watch’s “Global Outlook 2021: Risk assessment and management under TSCA – what should we expect?” includes a conversation between Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Terry Hyland, North America Managing Editor, Chemical Watch, regarding what to expect from the Biden Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2021. Excerpts from the article are below. New challenges also lie ahead for the EPA, still working to update its TSCA fees rule and dealing with legal cases that could bring an ... read more >
January 20, 2021
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson Discussing Biden Chemical Policy Featured in Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report
On January 20, 2021, comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) were featured in the Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report article "Biden Day 1 Presages ‘Far More Aggressive’ Chemicals Stance." Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson and Campbell PC, which specializes in chemical policies, saw the selected TSCA rules and policies as focusing on the entire process EPA has used to examine and regulate chemicals through an environmental justice “lens.” That lens will find many problems, she said, ... read more >
January 12, 2021
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. Quoted in Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report Article "OSHA, EPA to Share Trade Secrets in Joint New Chemicals Work"
On January 12, 2021, Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report featured comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding an agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to share trade secrets about chemicals that manufacturers seek to produce or import. Richard E. Engler, director of chemistry with Bergeson and Campbell PC, said unresolved questions—including who would regulate when—remain. There are situations when either ... read more >
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 >
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 >
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