ACTA News: TSCA

April 6, 2022
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted by Chemical Watch in Article “How the US EPA has fired a ‘warning shot’ on enforcement of PFAS requirements”
On April 5, 2022, Chemical Watch quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent policy interpretation on the fluorination of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers. [‌I]n some respects, there has been little surprise at the agency’s view that the generation of certain PFASs during the fluorination of polyolefins – including polyethylene – is an activity covered under the 2020 long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) TSCA significant new use rule (Snur). The ... read more >
April 1, 2022
TSCA New Chemicals Coalition Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “Companies call for EPA to keep TSCA inventory corrections process”
On March 31, 2022, Chemical Watch reported on a letter written by the TSCA New Chemicals Coalition (NCC) calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend its plans to revoke a decades-old policy allowing companies to request corrections to the TSCA inventory.  The TSCA New Chemicals Coalition – an ad hoc group represented by the law firm Bergeson & Campbell – said scrapping the process could give rise to a host of unintended consequences. It also questioned the legality of the agency making the change without an ... read more >
March 28, 2022
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article “Chemical Makers Ask EPA to Fix, Not Drop, Corrections Policy”
On March 25, 2022,  Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg Law regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to no longer process chemical manufacturers’ requests to correct the specific ways chemicals on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory are identified. If the EPA is concerned that companies are using correction requests to add new chemicals to the inventory, it could issue guidance describing the information needed to support a correction request, said Richard ... read more >
March 15, 2022
Acta affiliate B&C Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “Plan to exclude PPE from TSCA risk evaluations sparks industry outcry"
On March 14, 2022, The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) was quoted by Chemical Watch on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to no longer consider personal protective equipment (PPE) use in Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk evaluations.  Law firm Bergeson & Campbell said assuming PPE will not be used, including in cases where required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Osha), "is not based on reasonably available information, impermissibly assumes ... read more >
March 15, 2022
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “Stakeholders clash over chlor-alkali restrictions under imminent TSCA asbestos rule"
On March 14, 2022, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding conflicting visions for the upcoming asbestos Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk management rule. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at law firm Bergeson & Campbell, told Chemical Watch the EPA must look at the availability of "technically and economically feasible alternatives that benefit health or the environment" when adopting risk management rules to reduce unreasonable risk identified in evaluations. "There is no ... read more >
March 2, 2022
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “EPA to scrap TSCA inventory corrections process"
On March 1, 2022, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Chemical Watch responding to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement that it will no longer allow companies to request corrections to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory and instead require them to submit a pre-manufacture notice (PMN) for improperly identified substances.   The decision "is entirely unprincipled and based on a flawed understanding of the correction process and its continuing utility," said Lynn ... read more >
March 1, 2022
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article "EPA Drops Policy Chemical Makers Use to Correct Critical List"
On Feburary 28, 2022, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Bloomberg Law regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement that, as of April 26, it will no longer process chemical manufacturers’ requests to correct the specific ways chemicals on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory are identified. If the EPA is concerned that companies are using correction requests to add new chemicals to the inventory, it could issue guidance describing the information needed to ... read more >
February 16, 2022
Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted by Inside TSCA in “Industry Sees NAMs Aiding New Chemical Reviews, But Laments PPE Delays"
On February 15, 2022, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Acta, were quoted by Inside TSCA regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) application of new approach methods (NAMs) and category-based analyses for new-chemical reviews.  An industry attorney says EPA’s application of new approach methods (NAMs) and category-based analyses for new-chemical reviews is helping some substances move through the TSCA process quickly and in a “predictable” way, ... read more >
January 24, 2022
Chemical Watch Quotes Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Regarding CBI Claim Issues
On January 24, 2022, Chemical Watch quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry with The Acta Group (Acta®), in the article "Proposal on the horizon to update TSCA confidentiality procedures." According to Richard Engler, director of chemistry at industry law firm Bergeson & Campbell and a 17-year veteran of the EPA, this could be aimed at ensuring the agency can get in touch with CBI claim holders.   "One of the challenges EPA faces is maintaining contact with submitters so that when CBI claims sunset after ten years, EPA can ... read more >
January 5, 2022
Register Now for “What to Expect in Chemicals in 2022”
2022 will bring competing priorities for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for which companies should now prepare. The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to present “What to Expect in Chemicals in 2022,” a webinar offering our best informed judgment as to the trends and key developments B&C’s legal, scientific, and regulatory professionals expect to see in 2022. These include consequential policy shifts reflecting the Biden Administration’s “all of government” commitment to ... read more >
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