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August 2, 2018
Kathleen M. Roberts Quoted By Bloomberg Environment Regarding New SNURs for 145 Chemicals
On August 2, 2018, Kathleen M. Roberts, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Vice President, B&C Consortia Management (BCCM), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment in the article “Manufacturers’ Core Questions Remain on EPA’s New Chemical Controls.” Some potential customers won’t purchase any compound regulated by a new use rule, even if the new chemical is better for the environment and safer than alternatives, Kathleen M. Roberts, vice president of Bergeson & Campbell Consortia Management LLC, told Bloomberg ... read more >
July 31, 2018
Christopher R. Bryant Quoted In Bloomberg Environment Article “Laggard States Pushed to Take Waste Powers by EPA”
On July 31, 2018, Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding states that have delayed adoption of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waste regulations by more than three decades.  Delays can affect companies if regulations provide relief in the form of an exemption to a rule or cost savings, Christopher Bryant, senior regulatory consultant for Bergeson & Campbell PC in Washington, told Bloomberg Environment. Companies would have to wait for states to adopt those changes ... read more >
July 25, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson Interviewed By Scott Tong of Marketplace Regarding TCE Ban
On July 24, 2018, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) was featured on the radio show Marketplace from American Public Media during a segment on the degreaser Trichloroethylene (TCE) and its status under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).  Reporter Scott Tong visited the site of a former ViewMaster toy plant outside of Portland, Oregon where TCE has been linked to cancer in some former employees. Tong reported that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified TCE as a human carcinogen in 2011, and proposed banning certain ... read more >
July 25, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted by Bloomberg Environment Regarding Late NoC as EPA Updates TSCA Inventory
On July 25, 2018, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding late notices of containment (NoC) filed as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brings the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory up to date in the article “EPA OK’d Apparent Violations of Chemicals Law.” Sometimes the agency fails to process a commencement notice correctly, said Richard E. Engler, director of chemistry with the Washington office of Bergeson & Campbell P.C. In such cases, the ... read more >
July 25, 2018
BRAG Requests that EPA Adopt TSCA Inventory Representation and Equivalency For Renewable and Sustainable Biobased Chemicals
Washington D.C.:  Representatives of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) and representatives of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff to discuss the two groups’ recently-issued white paper, “Proposal for a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Representation and Equivalency Determinations for Renewable and Sustainable Bio-based Chemicals.”  BRAG and BIO members provided a presentation for EPA staff that outlined the regulatory challenges and market impedance ... read more >
July 12, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Quotes James V. Aidala In “No Head of EPA Toxics, Pesticides Office Expected Any Time Soon”
On July 12, 2018, Bloomberg Environment included comments from James V. Aidala, Senior Government Affairs Consultant with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding difficulties that the Trump administration may face in nominating a head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)  chemicals and pesticides office after a difficult confirmation process caused the former nominee, Michael Dourson, to withdraw. Beck could be a candidate for the assistant administrator role, “but she’d face the same challenges Dourson did,” said Jim Aidala, senior ... read more >
July 12, 2018
James V. Aidala Quoted In Bloomberg Environment Article “Wheeler More Aware of Chemical Issues Than Most EPA Heads”
On July 12, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted James V. Aidala, Senior Government Affairs Consultant with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding Acting Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Andrew Wheeler’s experience with the chemical regulatory landscape.  The EPA’s new acting administrator is more familiar than past agency heads were with the nation’s primary chemicals statute, giving him insight into tensions arising in implementing it, attorneys said. The attorneys also predicted that Andrew Wheeler—who worked in ... read more >
June 25, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Quotes B&C Webinar “TSCA at 2: An Update on Implementation and Hot Topics” In “New Chemical Reviews, Regulations Said to Impede Commerce”
On June 25, 2018, Bloomberg Environment included quotes from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®)’s “TSCA at 2: An Update on Implementation and Hot Topics” webinar in the article “New Chemical Reviews, Regulations Said to Impede Commerce.” The growing number of rules that are accompanying new chemicals is causing marketplace problems, said Michael Gould, environmental, health, and safety committee chairman with RadTech North America. The EPA has been regulating about 90 percent of the new chemicals it has reviewed since TSCA was amended two years ago, ... read more >
June 25, 2018
“TSCA at 2: An Update on Implementation and Hot Topics” Webinar Quoted By Bloomberg Environment
On June 25, 2018, Bloomberg Environment included quotes from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®)’s “TSCA at 2: An Update on Implementation and Hot Topics” webinar in the article “Chemical Companies Get Flexibility in Data Submissions, May Cut Costs.” The EPA will start asking chemical manufacturers to provide certain types of health, ecological, or other data for new chemicals instead of directing them to conduct specific tests of their chemicals, said Nancy Beck, deputy assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention at the ... read more >
June 22, 2018
Brian Xu, M.D., Ph.D., DABT®, Quoted in Nature Article “US–Chinese Trade War Puts Scientists In The Cross Hairs”
On June 22, 2018, Brian Xu, M.D., Ph.D., DABT®, Toxicologist with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Nature regarding proposed Chinese tariffs on U.S. chemicals and scientific equipment. Brian Xu, a toxicologist for the scientific consulting firm ACTA in Washington DC, which works with businesses in mainland China, agrees that China’s proposal to place tariffs on US chemicals and scientific equipment is unlikely to have a major effect on Chinese research. He notes that scientists there import only a small amount of US-made chemicals, and that ... read more >
June 18, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted by Bloomberg Environment Regarding Upcoming EPA Chemical Review Deadlines
On June 18, 2018, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C, were quoted in the Bloomberg Environment article “Tidal Wave of Toxics Deadlines Awaits EPA, Industries in 2019.” The EPA needs more staff and money to manage its oversight of both existing and new chemicals, said Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell, PC in Washington. The agency’s chemicals office “will be torn constantly” over the next two years as to where to deploy its ... read more >
June 14, 2018
Lynn L. Bergeson, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., And Susan M. Kirsch Contribute To ABA SEER’s The Year In Review 2017
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce the publication of The Year in Review 2017: Environment, Energy, and Resources Law by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER). The Year in Review 2017 provides an annual summary of developments in environmental, energy, and resources law. B&C Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson and Director of Chemistry Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., co-authored the Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know 2017 Annual Report, and B&C Government Affairs Advisor Susan M. Kirsch ... read more >
June 13, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Article “Chemical Makers’ Hours Filling Out Forms Prompts EPA Paper Chase” Features Quotes from Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.
On June 13, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry at Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding an increase in time required for chemical makers to fill out paperwork under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  The Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged the extra work companies are doing through an “emergency” Paperwork Reduction Act request it submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The EPA will publish the request June 14 in the Federal Register . In its ... read more >
June 13, 2018
Inside EPA Quotes NCC in “New Chemicals Group Seeks Refund Information In EPA's TSCA Fees Rule”
On June 13, 2018, Inside EPA included comments from the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) New Chemicals Coalition (NCC) regarding the omission of language in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed fee rule about how it will refund companies whose new chemical use applications are not reviewed by the statutory deadline. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) provides legal counsel to the TSCA NCC. Membership is open to individual chemical companies with a vested interest in the EPA new chemical notification process due to commercial impacts related to past, ... read more >
June 7, 2018
Richard E. Engler Presents “New TSCA and Green Chemistry Innovation” at ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry at The Acta Group (Acta®) and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), will present “New TSCA and Green Chemistry Innovation” in the “Real-World Sustainability Challenges: Incentives and Barriers to the Use of Green Chemistry in Products” session on June 18, 2018, at the 22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) hosted by the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute® that is being held June 18-20, 2018, in Portland, Oregon.  ACS GC&E provides an ... read more >
June 5, 2018
Christopher R. Bryant Quoted In Bloomberg Environment Article “Confusion Drives Firms Away From EPA Waste Tracking System”
On July 4, 2018, Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new electronic tracking system for hazardous waste shipments called e-Manifest. “There is a ton of confusion and trepidation about how this is all going to work,” Christopher Bryant, senior regulatory consultant for Bergeson & Campbell PC in Washington, told Bloomberg Environment. Future manifest system users have peppered the agency with emails for ... read more >
June 4, 2018
Charles M. Auer Quoted By Inside EPA Regarding Reorganization Of EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
On June 4, 2018, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted in the Inside EPA article “Eying 2018 Deadline, EPA Taps New Division Heads For Reorganized OPPT.” The new reorganization plan is winning approval from former officials. Charles Auer, former director of OPPT and now with the law firm of Bergeson & Campbell, wrote in a recent blog post that dividing the offices to focus on new and existing chemicals generally “makes sense,” he wrote. For example, “merging the existing ... read more >
June 4, 2018
TSCA at 2: An Update on Implementation and Hot Topics
  Monday, June 25, 2018 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EDT)   Register Today   Since enactment on June 22, 2016, of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has implemented a muscular regulatory program expressing Congress’ intent for a new and improved Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  The new TSCA framework required significant work and fundamental shifts in regulatory requirements and conceptual approach, but EPA has hit all of its marks in timely promulgating the rules and fulfilling ... read more >
June 4, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. Named Director of Chemistry of The Acta Group and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
The Acta Group (Acta®) and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) are pleased to announce that Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. has been named Director of Chemistry for our firms. Dr. Engler joined Acta and B&C as Senior Chemist in January 2015 after nearly two decades at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) and has offered his extensive understanding of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other regulatory frameworks to assist clients as they develop and commercialize novel chemistries. As Director of Chemistry, ... read more >
May 31, 2018
Christopher R. Bryant Quoted By Bloomberg Environment Regarding EPA’s New Definition of Solid Waste
On May 31, 2018, Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted in the Bloomberg Environment article “EPA Backs Recycling Formerly ‘Hazardous’ Materials, But States Get Final Say.” This quote was also featured as the “Quote of the Day” in Bloomberg Environment’s daily First Move email. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new definition of solid waste “allows more material—like catalysts used in refining petroleum products—to be recycled rather than ... read more >
May 29, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D, Quoted In Bloomberg Environment Article “Trade Secrets Safe Under EPA Science Proposal, Attorneys Say”
On May 29, 2018, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding a proposed rule that would require scientific data be sufficiently available to the public so that interested parties could understand how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached its conclusions. “[D]ecisions the EPA makes about whether to allow new chemicals into commerce would largely be unaffected, Richard Engler, a senior chemist with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.'s Washington office, told Bloomberg ... read more >
May 23, 2018
The TSCA New Chemicals Coalition: Why Your Company Should Join
Any company that plans to submit or has pending a new chemical notification under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) needs to join the TSCA New Chemicals Coalition (TSCA NCC) -- the only coalition focused principally on TSCA Section 5 issues. The TSCA NCC has been relentlessly engaging with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Congress on identifying and addressing real-world issues arising out of EPA’s implementation of the new TSCA Section 5 provisions.   By joining forces with other TSCA NCC ... read more >
May 23, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson In “Erik Baptist to Help Run EPA’s Chemicals, Pesticides Offices”
On May 23, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding Erik Baptist, senior deputy general counsel, joining EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) as a deputy assistant administrator and senior counsel.  Other regulatory offices within the EPA have attorneys to help them, Lynn Bergeson, managing partner with the Washington, D.C., office of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., told Bloomberg Environment. It makes sense for the chemical safety office to bring Baptist in, because ... read more >
May 7, 2018
Lisa M. Campbell to Moderate FIFRA Enforcement & Compliance Panel at New Developments in Pesticide Law and Policy Conference
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce that on May 8, 2018, Lisa M. Campbell, Partner, will moderate the “FIFRA Enforcement & Compliance” panel at the New Developments in Pesticide Law and Policy conference.  This conference is hosted by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (ABA SEER) and CropLife America, and will cover crop protection issues in the United States and Europe. The New Developments in Pesticide Law and Policy conference is an ABA SEER and CropLife America ... read more >
May 7, 2018
James V. Aidala Quoted In Inside EPA Article “Pruitt's Science Plan Faces Host Of Legal Hurdles; Some Doubt Promulgation”
On May 7, 2018, James V. Aidala, Senior Government Affairs Consultant with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Inside EPA regarding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s plan to require EPA to only use publicly available material to justify regulatory decisions. Others raise concerns over the document's introduction of a host of new terms, many of which are undefined. For example, the industry law firm Bergeson and Campbell questions whether the rule's application to “pivotal regulatory science” could ... read more >
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