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July 2, 2014
EPA’s Supplemental Distribution Enforcement Actions Are Buzzing:  How to Avoid Getting Stung
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EDT) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made good on its intent to focus enforcement efforts on Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) supplemental distribution, resulting in several settlements with significant penalty assessments. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) recently issued a memorandum discussing the enforcement actions, the regulatory requirements for supplemental distribution, and what issues companies should address to help avoid such an enforcement action. That memorandum is ... read more >
July 1, 2014
Learn How to Pre-Screen New Chemicals Using EPA’s Models and Methods at Sustainable Futures Training
  Co-hosted by the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG™), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and George Washington University (GWU) August 5-7, 2014, at the GWU Campus in Washington, D.C. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: During this hands-on three-day workshop, you will learn about a variety of tools, methods, and models that can be used to assess the hazard and potential exposure of chemicals. Methods addressed will include hazard and risk screening for human health, ecotoxicity, and environmental fate. The ... read more >
June 27, 2014
Lynn L. Bergeson focus of Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report story “FDA Oversight May Be Required for New, Altered Chemicals, Products, Attorney Says.”
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report reported on Lynn L. Bergeson’s comments regarding final nanotechnology guidances released by the Food and Drug Administration. “The guidances reaffirm the FDA’s position that it has sufficient statutory authorities and policies to oversee the safety of products it regulates, Bergeson said. She expanded on that perspective in a memo her law firm issued. The FDA also restated its view that nanotechnology isn’t inherently safe or harmful, but that specific characteristics of individual products determine safety or harmfulness, ... read more >
June 17, 2014
On Capitol Hill, In The Press, And At Key Events, Momentum And Membership Builds For The Biobased And Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG™)
Far from slowing down as the dog days of summer approach, BRAG and its growing membership have been highly visible and actively working to smooth the regulatory path for, and advance the commercialization of, biobased chemicals. And the pace is only going to pick-up as the temperature rises. BRAG is: Shaping Biobased Policy BRAG is engaged with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff concerning BRAG's petition for reduced reporting requirements for certain biobased chemical substances under the Chemical Data Reporting rule. The successful outcome of this ... read more >
June 13, 2014
Lynn L. Bergeson Joins Editorial Board of Industrial Biotechnology, the Journal of Biobased Innovation
Co-Editor-in-Chief Larry P. Walker, Ph.D., announced that Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and President of B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), has been appointed to the editorial board of Industrial Biotechnology, the journal of biobased innovation driving the global bioeconomy published bimonthly by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers. In making the announcement, Dr. Walker commented that "Ms. Bergeson's membership on the Editorial Board provides our readership with an informed voice on how environmental and ... read more >
June 6, 2014
Most Agree More Money Needed for TSCA; How Much, for What, Remain Unclear
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Lynn L. Bergeson and B&C affiliate Charles Auer in a Special Report on TSCA Reform published today. “Charles Auer, a consultant who led TSCA implementation throughout most of his 32-year career at the EPA, agreed it will be challenging to resolve the many valid questions that would arise on user fees. It would be unwise, however, to continue to ignore the question of funding in TSCA reform discussions, he said. ‘It’s always been the elephant in the room,’ Auer said. The number of questions Republicans and Democrats ... read more >
June 5, 2014
Inside EPA features B&C commentary in “Democrats' Proposed Amendment Widens Gap In House TSCA Reform Effort.”
“While the Democrats' changes seek to address many concerns Jones and environmentalists have raised, the redline avoids addressing the issue of whether and to what extent a new federal chemicals management law should preempt state regulation of industrial chemicals. The issue has become particularly fraught in the Senate, where Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has made protection of California's extensive chemical regulations in the Senate bill a prerequisite of her support. The House Democrats' redlined draft bill simply says, ... read more >
May 29, 2014
Kathleen M. Roberts in Biofuels Digest: “How To Make Friends and Win EPA Approvals: tips for biobased companies.”
On Thursday, May 29, 2014, Biofuels Digest published an article by Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG™) Executive Director Kathleen Roberts titled “How to Make Friends and Win EPA Approvals: tips for biobased chemicals.” A copy of the article is available online. The article highlights the B&C© affiliate BRAG™ and the session it co-presented with B&C during the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, which was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 12-15, 2014. The session titled ... read more >
May 29, 2014
“Legal Limit May Drive Novel Voluntary Plan In EPA’s TSCA Fracking Rule” Cites B&C Commentary
An article in the May 30, 2014 edition of Inside EPA, “Legal Limit May Drive Novel Voluntary Plan In EPA’s TSCA Fracking Rule,” featured commentary by B&C on EPA’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to seek comment on the information that should be reported or disclosed for hydraulic fracturing chemical substances and mixtures and the mechanism for obtaining this information. “In a May 20 analysis of the ANPR, the law firm Bergeson & Campbell also flags the ‘processors’ issue, saying the notice raises a host questions relating ... read more >
May 28, 2014
Inside EPA features B&C commentary in “Legal Limit May Drive Novel Voluntary Plan In EPA's TSCA Fracking Rule.”
“In a May 20 analysis of the ANPR, the law firm Bergeson & Campbell also flags the ‘processors’ issue, saying the notice raises a host questions relating to ‘significant and difficult legal, procedural and policy issues. Noting that the ANPR includes service companies in its discussion of the companies that may be subject to Section 8 reporting, which ordinarily would not apply to ‘users,’ the analysis says, that though such service providers may ‘process’ the chemical while blending the fracking fluid, they could become end users when ... read more >
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