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October 6, 2017
Inside EPA Quotes B&C Memorandum on EPA, FDA Jurisdiction for Mosquito Related Products
On October 6, 2017, Inside EPA quoted a recent Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) memorandum in the article “EPA wins power to oversee biotech mosquito controls.” EPA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued new guidance clarifying that EPA has authority for regulating biotechnology (Bt) products such as genetically modified mosquitoes that are used to control the pests, a step that one industry law firm says will be helpful for navigating a federal “jurisdictional quagmire." […] In an Oct. 5 blog, the law firm Bergeson and Campbell ... read more >
September 22, 2017
Inside EPA Quotes B&C TSCAblogTM in Article Regarding Rejected TSCA Section 21 Fluoride Petition
On September 22, 2017, Inside EPA quoted the post “EPA Denies TSCA Section 21 Petition on Fluoride Chemicals in Drinking Water; Provides Response to Petition,” from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) TSCAblogTM in the article “Suit Over Rejected Fluoride Petition Could Test EPA's Stance On TCSA 'Uses'.” Observers tracking EPA's implementation of the new TSCA law said last spring shortly before the suit was filed that it would provide a test case for the agency's interpretation that petitioners must provide a ... read more >
September 18, 2017
Career Opportunity - Regulatory Compliance Chemist or Senior Regulatory Compliance Chemist
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is seeking a regulatory compliance chemist to join our growing team of scientists, regulatory consultants, and policy experts.  This position will be based in our Washington, D.C. office, although telework arrangements may be considered for the right candidate.  Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or related science and must be highly experienced with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Canadian Environmental Protection Act ... read more >
September 18, 2017
Career Opportunity - Assistant Regulatory Compliance Chemist
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is seeking an assistant regulatory compliance chemist to join our growing team of regulatory consultants, scientists, and policy experts.  This position will be based in our Washington, D.C. office, although telework arrangements may be considered for the right candidate.  Applicants must have experience with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), or other global chemical regulatory systems.  ... read more >
September 15, 2017
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Presents “Chemical Substance Management in Central and South America” at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids
On September 11, 2017, Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant with The Acta Group (Acta®), presented “Chemical Substance Management in Central and South America: Insights into Sustainability, Regulatory and Management Opportunities” at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids in Cancun, Mexico.  In general, Central and South America have no formal chemical inventories in place, no formal pre-notification schemes, and no implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) ... read more >
September 12, 2017
Chemical Watch Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson In Article Regarding B&C’s TSCA New Chemicals Coalition
On September 12, 2017, Chemical Watch quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), in the article “US EPA pilots new pre-manufacture notice guidelines.” [T]he law firm Bergeson & Campbell has formed the TSCA New Chemicals Coalition which is intended to give the chemical community greater opportunity to engage with EPA on constructive improvements to the new chemical review process. "About 50 companies so far have expressed interest in joining the coalition," said the firm's managing partner Lynn Bergeson. "One ... read more >
September 1, 2017
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Fate of Chemical Makers’ Trade Secrets Rests With EPA”
On September 1, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report regarding how Confidential Business Information (CBI) claims would be handled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the New Toxic Substances Control Act (New TSCA). The 2016 update to the Toxic Substances Control Act added a new requirement that manufacturers routinely justify their need for that chemical information to be kept confidential. The statute requires the EPA to review all claims that a ... read more >
August 28, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Paper Waste Spurs Testing of Low-Cost Carbon Fiber for Products”
On August 28, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report discussing Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) regulatory concerns for carbon fiber with a lignin. Since the lignin-PAN carbon fiber under development does not yet involve the use of carbon nanofibers, Washington State University's Ahring said the product will not require clearance under [TSCA]. But some worry that the enthusiasm supporting the rapid commercialization of biobased chemicals has gotten out in front of potential ... read more >
August 23, 2017
Inside EPA Covers The Formation Of B&C’s New “TSCA New Chemicals Coalition”
On August 23, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Inside EPA in the article “New Industry Coalition Launched On TSCA New Chemicals Review Issues.” For further information on joining the coalition, call or e-mail Lynn L. Bergeson at 202-557-3801 or lbergeson@lawbc.com. Bergeson & Campbell, a law firm that specializes in chemical industry issues, is creating a coalition of companies to craft uniform comments to EPA on industry concerns that have arisen with the agency’s process for reviewing ... read more >
August 23, 2017
Michael Wenk, M.S., Quoted In Chemical Watch Article “UN's GHS takes effect in Argentina”
On August 23, 2017, Michael Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Chemical Watch discussing Argentina’s implementation of the UN’s Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for the classification and labelling of chemicals. Michael Wenk, senior regulatory consultant at international compliance specialists Acta, told Chemical Watch: "The uptick in interest in GHS in South America comes after a long period of relative apathy with respect to implementing the programme. Argentina joins Brazil as the two countries which ... read more >
August 16, 2017
Scientific American Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding EPA’s New Framework Rules for TSCA
On August 16, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Scientific American in “Trump’s EPA May Be Weakening Chemical Safety Law.” The [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)] and industry leaders dispute that the framework rules undermine [the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)]. “I thought they were clearer, cleaner and more focused,” says Lynn Bergeson, a lawyer whose firm Bergeson & Campbell specializes in chemical issues. She adds the new rules will result in a “better use of ... read more >
August 15, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted In “EPA TSCA Guide May Give Industry New Strategies For Risk Evaluations”
On August 15, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) was quoted by Inside EPA discussing how new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) risk evaluation guidelines may impact industry. “My sense is that if you have a promising chemical product and wish to get it through the risk evaluation process sooner rather than later, considering this option makes sense,” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of environmental law firm Bergeson & Campbell, tells Inside EPA. “You control the timing, and might have a better line of ... read more >
August 11, 2017
“TSCA Hot Topics: Inventory Notification and Strategies for Complying, and Update on Section 5” Webinar Brings Together Industry and EPA to Talk New TSCA
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce that the materials and recording from the “TSCA Hot Topics: Inventory Notification and Strategies for Complying, and Update on Section 5” webinar are now available for download. This complimentary webinar, co-hosted with Bloomberg BNA, was presented by a panel including Dr. Jeff Morris, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and former EPA officials and seasoned regulatory professionals who engaged in a lively discussion on: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 5 Inventory notification reporting ... read more >
August 10, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemistry World Article “EPA Clears Chemicals Backlog”
On August 10, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Chemistry World regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “announcement that it has ‘eliminated’ the logjam of 600 new chemicals undergoing review” under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Lynn Bergeson, a managing partner with the Washington, DC-based law firm Bergeson & Campbell that advises chemical companies about regulatory compliance, is enthusiastic about the developments. ‘This means that those new ... read more >
August 8, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Included Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson and Charles M. Auer on EPA Chemical Backlog
On August 8, 2017, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with B&C, were quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report in the article “Clearing EPA's New Chemicals ‘Backlog’ Cheered by Industry.” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. in Washington, also praised the EPA's progress. That law firm will review EPA's latest statistics to assess the agency's progress completing negotiations it undertakes with chemical ... read more >
August 4, 2017
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., on EPA’s New Electronic Reporting System
On August 4, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “Chemical Makers Told to Act Now, Duck Regulatory Hassles Later.” Chemical manufacturers should have access to the EPA's electronic reporting system now to avoid headaches in six months as the deadline approaches to notify the agency about chemicals they have made or imported during the past 10 years. The clock hasn't started yet for the 180 days that chemical manufacturers and importers have to ... read more >
August 3, 2017
Charles M. Auer Quoted In “Chemical Risk Review Details Expected From EPA by Fall”
On August 3, 2017, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report discussing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to release documents detailing its new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical review process.  The documents are expected to aid companies as they prepare premanufacture notices (PMNs) they must submit when asking the agency to approve a new chemical, Charlie Auer, senior regulatory and policy adviser with Bergeson & Campbell, said. As a ... read more >
August 3, 2017
Heather F. Collins, M.S., Joins Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce that Heather F. Collins, M.S., has joined our firms as a Regulatory Consultant.  Ms. Collins has nearly two decades of experience developing, implementing, and managing environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) compliance for global chemical and chemical product companies.  Her prodigious skills in developing biocide and pesticide registration and compliance strategies, safety data sheet (SDS) authoring, and dangerous goods management, coupled with her keen awareness of the ... read more >
July 27, 2017
TSCA Hot Topics: Inventory Notification and Strategies for Complying, and Update on Section 5
Bloomberg BNA/Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Webinar Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Complimentary Registration Available Online   With the recent release of the 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) dataset and the initial interim list of active substances released with the June 2017 copy of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory (Inventory), the magnitude of effort that will be needed to comply with the Section 8(b)(4) Inventory notification process is becoming clear (see our June 6, 2017, memorandum “Preparing for the Inventory Reset: It Is Not ... read more >
July 19, 2017
"TSCA Reform: One Year Later" Conference Elicits Frank and Productive Discussion from Government, NGO, and Industry Speakers
On June 27, 2017, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GWU) held a day-long "TSCA Reform: One Year Later" conference at the GWU campus exploring the federal government’s implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) on the first anniversary of its enactment. Lautenberg significantly amended the Toxic Substances Control Act, and holds the U.S. Environmental ... read more >
July 18, 2017
Charles Auer and Richard Engler, Ph.D., Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Chemical Industry Eyes New Chance to Drive EPA Risk Analyses”
On July 18, 2017, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist with B&C, were quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) data gathering authority. […] The EPA's recent rules don't mention any intention to use the agency's new authority under the amended chemicals law to order companies to provide toxicity or exposure data, Richard Denison, lead senior scientist for the Environmental Defense ... read more >
July 12, 2017
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., to Speak at AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant with The Acta Group (Acta®) and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), has been invited to speak on the current state of play of Central and South American chemical regulations at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids, September 11-14, 2017, in Cancun, Mexico.  Mr. Wenk will present “Chemical Substance Management in Central and South America: Insights into Sustainability, Regulatory, and Management Opportunities” at the plenary session on September 11, 2017.  The AOCS ... read more >
July 3, 2017
Career Opportunities at B&C
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is seeking chemical regulatory attorneys to join our trusted, respected, and highly-experienced team of lawyers, regulatory consultants, scientists, and policy experts.  Positions will be based in our Washington, D.C. office, although telework arrangements may be considered for suitable candidates.  Applicants should be experienced in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and other domestic and/or international chemical product laws and governance systems. Desired ... read more >
June 29, 2017
Charles Auer Quoted in Inside EPA Article “The Emerging Debate Over New TSCA Rules: 'Achievable' v. 'Lawful'”
On June 29, 2017, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Inside EPA in an article regarding Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) framework rules and how they should be implemented. His comments were made on June 27, 2017, during an Environmental Law Institute (ELI) conference celebrating the reformed law’s first anniversary. […] Former career EPA toxics chief Charles Auer, now with the law firm Bergeson & Campbell,  […] noted his own disappointment that EPA has yet to exercise its new ... read more >
June 21, 2017
Inside EPA Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson on Challenges to TSCA Framework Rules
On June 21, 2017, Inside EPA quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), in the article “As EPA Issues TSCA's Framework Rules, Bipartisan Law Faces Challenges.” […] Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of the firm Bergeson & Campbell, suggested some concern in EPA's ability to advance use of these new technologies. She too, noted Lautenberg's requirements regarding non-animal testing, including its direction that EPA craft a plan to mange the transition by June 22, 2018. “We find it very important and ... read more >
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