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April 26, 2016
George W. Wilson, Jr. Scholarship Fund
As many of our clients and friends know, George W. Wilson, Jr. died last November. George served as Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.'s (B&C®) chief technology officer for many years. To those of us who knew and worked with George, we loved his passion for life, we relied upon his expertise in information technology, and we appreciated and benefitted from his vision for the seamless integration of business, information technology, and accounting. Many more who did not have the pleasure of personally knowing George benefitted from his tireless efforts to advance the efficiency and ... read more >
April 7, 2016
Inside EPA Quotes Lisa Campbell and Timothy Backstrom In Article “Bayer Eyes Rare FIFRA Hearing to Challenge EPA Pesticide Cancellation”
On April 5, 2016, Inside EPA included comments from a Pesticide Law and Policy Blog post written by B&C partner Lisa Campbell and B&C attorney Timothy Backstrom in the article “Bayer Eyes Rare FIFRA Hearing To Challenge EPA Pesticide Cancellation.”  Observers tracking the case say that whether the Office of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) requires EPA to follow the lengthier cancellation process under FIFRA section 6(b) could inform EPA's pesticide cancellation process moving forward. In a March 1, 2016, blog, Lisa Campbell ... read more >
April 5, 2016
BRAG Petition Succeeds:  EPA Expands Chemical Data Reporting Exemptions To Biodiesel Products
On March 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Partial Exemption of Certain Chemical Substances from Reporting Additional Chemical Data final rule in the Federal Register. This final rule amends the list of chemical substances that are partially exempt from additional reporting requirements under the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule. The rule applies to six biodiesel chemicals that are very similar to petroleum based biodiesel chemicals that are already on the exempt list. Per EPA's estimate, companies that utilize this reporting exemption will save ... read more >
April 4, 2016
2016 Chemical Data Reporting: Don’t Despair; Get Prepared! Tuesday, May 3, 2016 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m
Register online. In two short months, the reporting period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule, June 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016, will open. Will your company be ready? Are you well-versed in the new reporting elements that will be required in the 2016 reporting cycle? Do you know whether your chemicals will be subject to lower reporting thresholds, or if the 2012 reporting exemptions still apply? Are you certain you have all the relevant information collected and ready to submit on Form U? If you answered "no" to any ... read more >
March 3, 2016
Richard E. Engler Presents TSCA And The Cellulosic Revolution At ABLC2016
On February 18, 2016, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), presented at Cellulosic Fuels: First Commercials and Beyond, a session at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2016 (ABLC2016).  Dr. Engler’s presentation, “TSCA and the Cellulosic Revolution,” covered Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) nomenclature, inventory, and model manufacturing process issues for cellulosic products.  The presentation discussed the differences in nomenclature between Class I and Class II substances on the TSCA Inventory, ... read more >
March 3, 2016
Kathleen M. Roberts Presents “Achieving Critical Policy Changes through Consortia” At ABLC2016
On February 19, 2016, Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), presented “Achieving Critical Policy Changes through Consortia” at the 2016 Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC2016).  Ms. Roberts presented as part of The Bioeconomy R&D Consortia Summit and discussed the work being done by BRAG to level the regulatory playing field for biobased chemicals.  BRAG has successfully petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) partial reporting ... read more >
February 9, 2016
Oscar Hernandez, Former Head of EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Risk Assessment Division, 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 Oscar Hernandez, Ph.D. has joined our teams as Senior Regulatory Chemist. Dr. Hernandez is the former Director of the Risk Assessment Division (RAD) in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), where he managed a multi-disciplinary science group that provided expert scientific support in the areas of hazard and risk assessment of chemicals being reviewed pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other regulatory ... read more >
February 1, 2016
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. Interviewed In Nature Biotechnology Article “A face-lift for biotech rules
The December 2015 issue of Nature Biotechnology included comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. on keeping biotech rules current with scientific progress in the article “A face-lift for biotech rules begins.” To stay up to date with technology, Richard Engler, a senior chemist at the environmental law firm Bergeson & Campbell in Washington, DC, suggested that technology stewards be embedded in each of the relevant federal agencies. Their role would be to monitor emerging technologies and hold regular briefings with industry and academic ... read more >
January 26, 2016
Susan M. Kirsch Joins Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group as Government Affairs Advisor
  Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce that Susan M. Kirsch has joined our teams as Government Affairs Advisor. Ms. Kirsch brings substantial regulatory and technical policy expertise at the local, state, and federal levels, with experience at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resource Division, and most recently the Association of Clean Water Administrators, where she was Senior Environmental Program Manager. Ms. Kirsch will offer ... read more >
December 14, 2015
Chemical Watch Includes Extensive Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson On Impacts Of TSCA Reform
The December 14, 2015, Chemical Watch article “TSCA Bill Could Have 'Huge' Impact On Downstream Users,” included quotes from Lynn L. Bergeson on possible results of TSCA Reform. Changes to the chemical inventory as proposed in the US Senate Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform would have a “huge” impact on downstream users, according to Lynn Bergeson, owner of Bergeson & Campbell, PC.  Bill S697 proposes to reset the TSCA Inventory of Chemical Substances to determine which chemicals are still active and which are inactive. Ms Bergeson said she ... read more >
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