Seminars & Webinars: July 2014
The life cycle of industrial, agricultural, and antimicrobial chemical products, especially those embedded in consumer products, has gained increasing public attention. Regulators are beginning to look at the entire product life cycle, including after the discard of a product at the end of its useful life, not just toxicity data. This course examined the regulation of chemicals that are used in industrial and consumer products, as well as pesticides, and described the new governance and stewardship initiatives being considered globally by a wide variety of stakeholders to diminish the potential for adverse effects from chemicals.
Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
Review the Summer School recent case example: the chemical spill in West Virginia's Elk River.
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On June 18, 2014, EPA proposed the most historic rule in its history: the Clean Power Plan. The proposal would, for the first time, impose regulatory limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants and is likely to have significant impacts throughout the economy. It calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants by 2030. The proposal has two main parts: state-specific emission goals and guidelines to help states develop plans for meeting the goals. The proposed rule would give states 10 to 15 years to achieve the reductions. States can develop their own plans or develop regional, multi-state approaches.
This complimentary webinar hosted by Pollution Engineering and featuring B&C’s Lynn L. Bergeson and Christopher R. Bryant, focussed on:
- The legal authority for issuing the rule;
- The state-specific goals;
- The manner in which states must plan for and meet the goals; and
- The winners and losers in this rule.
- What you should do to make the rule work for you
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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. 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 available online.
As a further service to clients and friends, B&C presented a complimentary webinar highlighting the most important steps that both registrants and supplemental distributors can take to ensure compliance and avoid being stung in the current heightened enforcement environment. Speakers included B&C’s Lisa R. Burchi and Sheryl L. Dolan, and attorney Jon Jacobs, a 25-year veteran of EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance who has recently entered private practice. Their 45–minute presentation was followed by Q&A with webinar participants.
U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted its seventh annual conference—Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy. Co-hosted with Advanced Biofuels USA, this year's conference took place at the Washington Convention Center. As in past years, Biomass 2014 brought together top government officials and members of Congress—with industry leaders and experts from across the bioenergy supply chain—to continue ongoing dialogue about the critical challenges and key opportunities for the industry. The event focussed on the innovative technologies, priority pathways, financing strategies, and public policies needed to grow the bioeconomy of the future. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., was a proud sponsor. For more information click here.