ACTA News: TSCA

July 29, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article "US FDA scrutinising fluorinated plastic food containers"
On July 28, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plan to evaluate fluorinated plastic food containers for potential per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination.  The FDA said that while companies must fulfil "strict data requirements" to demonstrate non-hazardous conditions of use before approval, it reassesses risks as knowledge advances, such as by looking at the research from domestic and international agencies. "The FDA may revoke ... 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 >
June 18, 2021
Comments by Christopher Blunck Featured in Chemical Watch Article “Breadth of US EPA’s proposed PFAS reporting rule unprecedented, experts say”
On June 17, 2021, Chemical Watch published insights from Christopher R. Blunck, Senior Regulatory Specialist, The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding a proposed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) reporting rule that includes downstream users and small businesses with a lack of exemptions for the compounds’ occurrence as byproducts or impurities. That is "an extremely broad reporting requirement", said Christopher Blunck, of counsel with Bergeson & Campbell. The proposed rule’s absence of limits or conventional exemptions is "not precedented", he ... read more >
June 17, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article "EPA’s Flame Retardant Rule Offers Chemical Lesson for Businesses"
On April 9, 2021, Bloomberg Law featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®) regarding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule restricting industrial uses of a popular flame retardant is causing headaches for equipment manufacturers and demonstrating how the nation’s chemicals law can upend global supply chains. But the Environmental Protection Agency was besieged by industry pleas for help soon after the new administration came into office in January, so it took an unusual step. It announced in March that it ... 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 >
April 9, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article "EPA prepares to issue TSCA PFAS reporting rule proposal"
On April 9, 2021, Chemical Watch featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding a proposed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) reporting rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), requiring manufacturers to submit detailed information on these compounds to guide potential regulatory action. The US EPA is nearing completion of a proposed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) reporting rule under TSCA, requiring manufacturers to submit detailed information on these compounds to guide potential ... 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 >
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