ACTA News: TSCA

November 23, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted by Chemical Watch in “TSCA approach for addressing abandoned PFASs may invite criticism”
On November 23, 2021, Chemical Watch featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®) and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Acta, regarding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan to use Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) significant new use rules (SNUR) to address inactive per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). "The Snur authority is a de facto bar to manufacture/import," Lynn Bergeson and Rich Engler of law firm Bergeson & Campbell said. Requiring companies to submit a significant new use notice (Snun) ... read more >
November 11, 2021
James V. Aidala Quoted in Inside TSCA Article “Former Official Says PFAS Patchwork Shows Failures Of TSCA Preemption”
On November 11, 2021, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Inside EPA’s Inside TSCA regarding state regulations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). A former EPA toxics chief says Michigan’s new executive order limiting purchases of products made with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) not only expands a nationwide patchwork of state-level PFAS policies, but shows that the reformed TSCA’s preemption provision “works on paper, but rarely works in ... read more >
November 9, 2021
Chemical Watch Article “Stakeholders see room for improvement in US EPA’s PFAS categorization” Features Comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.
On November 9, 2021, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) classification of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) for company-funded testing under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). According to Richard Engler, director of chemistry for law firm Bergeson & Campbell, the agency has "come down somewhere in the middle" between examining the huge variety of PFASs as one class and as single compounds, avoiding over- or ... read more >
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 30, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “US EPA science policy director to head TSCA advocacy for influential NGO”
On September 30, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding Richard Denison’s announcement that he is retiring from the  Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) after nearly 35 years. Lynn Bergeson, managing director at Bergeson & Campbell, expressed her appreciation for Dr Denison’s career. "He has made invaluable contributions to the law, science, and policy of TSCA, on which we may on occasion disagree, but that should not detract from Richard’s invaluable contributions and his ... 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 >
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