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Lynn L. Bergeson, "2010 Elections Could Impact EPA Programs," Chemical Processing, December 2010.

The 2010 Congressional elections will likely significantly impact policy and legislative developments in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation of chemicals and pesticides. The decline in the number of elected House Democratic members will make for some significant differences in EPA's budget, legislative proposals and general operations. Meanwhile, some newly elected senators stridently oppose government expansion and want to rein in federal deficit spending, which could affect the future of EPA and other government agencies.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Workplace Falls Get Fresh Attention," Chemical Processing, August 2010.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is tackling a major source of industrial injuries -- slips, trips and falls on workplace surfaces. On May 24, OSHA proposed significant revisions to Subparts D and I of the general industry standards dealing with walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment (PPE), respectively. This column outlines the reasons why OSHA believes changes are needed to protect workers, and key revisions to these standards.

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., "Nanotech and Jobs: Congress Weighs In," Nanotechnology Industries Association Newsletter, February 11, 2011.

The new Republication-led House of Representatives has expressed its concerns with what it refers to as the adverse impact of regulations on jobs and the economy.

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., "South Korea Chemicals Program Targets Nanomaterials," Nanotechnology Industries Association Newsletter, February 4, 2011.

The United Nations' Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) urges each nation to make efforts to reduce hazards associated with the use of chemicals. In response to this request, South Korea recently has taken steps to implement a process for the management of chemicals with the objective of minimizing the harmful effects that substances have on human health and the environment.

James V. Aidala, "Make My Day! - Registrant Gets Court To Order EPA To Cancel Their Product," Pesticide and Chemical Policy, February 4, 2011.

Reckitt Benckiser is a manufacturer of a variety of household cleaning and pesticide products, including rodenticides, sold widely under the D-Con brand. In recent years Reckitt Benckiser has formulated rodenticide products using what is known as a “second-generation” anti-coagulant, brodifacoum. The term second-generation refers to the lack of resistance in rodents, which has developed in some cases to earlier, “first-generation” anti-coagulant products, such as warfarin.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "2011 Predictions for US Chemicals Management," Chemical Watch, February 2011.

The trends established by the Obama Administration will continue despite the Congressional mid-term elections in November.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Emerging Nanomaterial Governance Systems: The State of Play," Molecular Imaging, January-February 2011.

Domestic laws, their implementing regulations and policies, and government and private-party governance programs are now being carefully reviewed and revised to enhance their utility to manage the potential risks posed by nanoscale materials. Whether existing laws and their implementing programs are adequate to address such risks will continue to inspire debate and legislative and regulatory initiatives for years to come. This article reviews existing legal and governance oversight systems and analyzes their strengths and deficiencies in addressing the potential risks posed by nanoscale materials and in fostering nanotechnology's promise.

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., "The NanoRelease Project," Nanotechnology Industries Association Newsletter, January 29, 2011.

There is an exciting and promising project underway that is being coordinated by the Research Foundation of the International Life Science Institute (ILSI-RF) called the NanoRelease Project.

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., "Nano Regulation and the New US Congress," Nanotechnology Industries Association Newsletter, January 21, 2011.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxic Substances (OPPT) and Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) were both active with regard to nanoscale materials regulation and policy in 2010. The new year is expected to see comparable activity.

Lynn L. Bergeson and Charles M. Auer, "Nano Disclosures: Too Small to Matter or Too Big to Ignore?," Natural Resources & Environment, Winter 2011.

Determining whether the presence of nanoscale materials in chemical substances, mixtures, and articles triggers a disclosure obligation is complicated. The decision turns on a calculus that includes what law applies, what is known about the presence of nanoscale components, what knowledge standard applies, whether and how a nanoscale material is defined, and an entity’s interpretation of disclosure obligations. This article outlines the state of domestic environmental and securities law and regulatory policy regarding disclosure obligations pertinent to nanoscale materials. The article concludes that there are a growing number of potential disclosure obligations of which commercial entities should be aware, but that the nature of these requirements continues to be fluid and ill-defined.

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