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May 2, 2016

Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson and Charles Auer In “EPA Expands Regions’ Chemical Management Role”

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On May 2, 2016, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report published “EPA Expands Regions’ Chemical Management Role,” featuring comments from B&C Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson and B&C affiliate Charles Auer. The article discussed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) April 29, 2016 action to manage certain chemicals and related issues more than they traditionally have done.

[…]“The new regional role is a significant change as the regions did not previously have much of a role in the Toxic Substances Control Act other than things like new chemicals enforcement and management of lead and PCBs,” said Charles Auer, a consultant with Charles Auer & Associates LLC who directed the EPA’s chemicals office for much of his 32-year career at the agency.

[…]“The increased FTE allocation for each region for traditional chemicals activities (as opposed to e.g. PCBs related work) signals an important shift in the future priority and attention to chemicals activities,” Auer told Bloomberg BNA by e-mail.

“It is interesting that the guidance specifically mentions implementation of ‘major TSCA rulemakings’ which seemingly goes beyond mere enforcement and may recognize a regional role in actual implementation,” he said.

Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell PC, told Bloomberg BNA by e-mail that the EPA’s reference to a revised TSCA underscores the agency’s desire for enhanced resources for work it would have to undertake should the law be amended.