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Lynn L. Bergeson, "TSCA Reform:  Business Strategies in Times of Political Gridlock," CHEManager Europe, March 2012.

Most would agree that legislative reform of the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is long overdue. Few agree on what to change and how best to proceed. If you throw in the 2012 presidential election, you have gridlock. Commerce marches on, however, and with the Environmental Protection Agency reinventing TSCA implementation in innovative and effective ways, Reach setting the new global tone, and California creating a new template for sustainable consumer products, TSCA reform is at risk of becoming a distracting afterthought. Stakeholders must develop new strategies to survive and flourish in these fast-changing times.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "California’s New Safer Consumer Products Regulations," Pollution Engineering, January 2012.

On October 31, 2011, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released an informal draft of their Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR). The proposal came after the California Secretary for Environmental Protection instructed DTSC to stop issuing proposed regulations and to instead “take additional time to be responsive to the concerns raised and revisit the proposed regulations.”

Lynn L. Bergeson, "SCPA Delays Could Impact Industry," Chemical Processing, January 2011.

In response to concerns expressed by diverse stakeholders over the final draft of its Safer Consumer Product Alternatives (SCPA) regulations, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has delayed implementation of the regulations, which focus on chemicals and chemical ingredients in consumer products. The net effect of this recent development on the regulation of chemical substances in consumer products in California is uncertain. This column discusses the recent change in plans and its implications for the chemical community.

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., "California DTSC Issues DCI for Nano Metals, Nano Metal Oxides, and Quantum Dots," Nanotechnology Industries Association Newsletter, January 12, 2011.

On December 21, 2010, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued a much anticipated data call-in (DCI) for information regarding analytical test methods, and other relevant information, from manufacturers of nano silver, nano zero valent iron, nano titanium dioxide, nano zinc oxide, nano cerium oxide, and quantum dots.

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., "Delayed Implementation of Safer Consumer Product Alternatives Regulations: Implications for Nanoscal," Nanotechnology Industries Association Newsletter, January 1, 2011.

In response to concerns vigorously expressed by diverse stakeholders over the final draft of the Safer Consumer Product Alternatives (SCPA) Regulations, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has effectively delayed implementation of the much-anticipated regulations.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Legal Lookout: California to Control Chemicals of Concern," Pollution Engineering, September 2010.

California has a well-established reputation as a trendsetter, but the gargantuan state may have outdone itself with the June 23 draft regulation released from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for safer consumer product alternatives. The regulations are intended to implement the Green Chemistry Initiative signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2008.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Washington:  California Is Setting Precedent," Manufacturing Today, Fall 2010.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released on June 23, 2010, draft regulations implementing California’s precedent-setting and game-changing Green Chemistry Initiative. Manufacturers need to understand how this controversial regulatory program may operate, and why it will alter forever the way consumer products are designed and manufactured.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Legal Lookout: EPA Grants California GHG Waiver Request," Pollution Engineering, September, 2009.

Oh what a difference a new administration makes! On June 30, 2009, EPA reversed its controversial Feb. 29, 2008, denial of California’s waiver request for its greenhouse gas (GHG) program for new motor vehicles. The reversal, as its predecessor denial decision, has broad national implications.

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