ACTA News: Lautenberg Implementation

October 7, 2021
Chemical Watch Features Comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Regarding Delays in the TSCA New Chemicals Review Process
On October 7, 2021, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Chemical Watch in the article “TSCA new chemicals review process has ground to a halt, say industry groups.” The TSCA new chemicals review process has "slowed dramatically" over the past year, according to trade groups and industry attorneys, a development they say poses a threat to innovation and the introduction of sustainable chemicals. […] "The current delays are reminiscent of the ‘backlog’ days of 2017 when ... read more >
September 22, 2021
PFAS Reporting Rules Webinar Recording and Q&A Document Available Now
The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to offer the recording, slides, and written Question and Answer (Q&A) document from our “PFAS Reporting Rules -- What Every Company Needs to Know” webinar, focusing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed reporting rules for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), presented by B&C Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson and Director of Chemistry Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.   Do you wonder if the PFAS reporting rules extend to domestically-produced ... read more >
September 14, 2021
Chemical Watch Features Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Regarding Compliance Challenges of EPA’s PIP Rule
On September 14, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®) and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Acta, were quoted by Chemical Watch in the article “US EPA ‘turns up the heat’ on industry to demonstrate PIP rule challenges.” The EPA, however, has made clear that it will not give [companies] further time lightly.  Many commenters "did not provide sufficiently specific information about their operations to support their assertions" that more time was needed to comply, it said in its 3 September ... read more >
September 14, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “EPA’s timeline to rework TSCA PBT rules ‘impossible to justify’, NGOs say”
On September 14, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding criticism of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to grant industry additional time to comply with a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) prohibition on phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) – or PIP (3:1) – in articles.  Some in industry, however, argue the approach represents the agency’s best effort in a tricky situation.  Lynn Bergeson, managing director at Bergeson & Campbell, said that ... read more >
August 12, 2021
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article “Plunge in New Chemical Requests Hurts Innovation, Lawyers Say”
On August 12, 2021, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg Law regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) review process for new chemicals. Richard E. Engler, who directs chemistry at Bergeson and Campbell PC, said the EPA still decided to regulate a new chemical after concluding it would pose “no unreasonable risk"—the safest conclusion the agency can reach. Engler said his client provided 100 pages worth of data showing the chemical was safe and needed no ... read more >
August 12, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article "Industry awaits US EPA’s next steps as pause on PIP 3:1 enforcement nears end"
On August 11, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding the possibility that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will extend compliance dates for Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) prohibitions on phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1)) before a pause on enforcement is set to expire early next month.  Lynn Bergeson, a partner with Bergeson & Campbell who advises companies and trade associations on TSCA compliance, said the agency is aware of and sensitive to "the ... read more >
August 11, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “Industry presses US EPA to scale back PFAS reporting rule”
On August 11, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding the compliance challenges of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) reporting rule. The language of the NDAA limits the EPA’s ability to make certain changes. For example, it says a final rule must be issued by 1 January 2023, and reporting must cover "each person who has manufactured a chemical substance that is a perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substance in any year since 1 ... read more >
July 12, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “Fujifilm discontinues US sales of PIP 3:1-containing film”
On July 8, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to begin enforcing PIP 3:1 prohibitions in September. Many businesses and their supply chains were "caught flat-footed" by the restrictions, said Lynn Bergeson, a partner with Bergeson & Campbell who advises companies and trade associations on TSCA compliance and the regulation of chemicals. At the same time, "the passage of a modest amount of time has not moved the needle appreciably," she ... 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 >
July 1, 2021
Comments Made by Lynn L. Bergeson, Michal Freedhoff, Ph.D., and More during TSCA Reform Conference Featured in Bloomberg Law Article "EPA to Revisit Whether Eight Chemicals Too Risky for People"
On June 30, 2021, Bloomberg Law featured quotes from the TSCA Reform – Five Years Later conference regarding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan to revisit whether eight chemicals the agency already examined pose greater risks to workers and communities than the Trump administration found. The eight chemicals are seven solvents—methylene chloride, trichloroethylene (TCE), carbon tetrachloride, n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), 1-bromopropane (1-BP), perchloroethylene (PERC), and 1-4 dioxane—along with the cyclic aliphatic bromide cluster (HBCD), a group of three ... read more >
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