June 18, 2009

Lynn L. Bergeson, “EPA Working on Test Rule for Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes/TSCA Section 8(a) Rule for Several Nanoscale Substances,” NanoBusiness Alliance Newsletter, Issue 8, June 18, 2009.

As you may know, twice each year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes a detailed listing of all matters on which it is working. The document is referred to as the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, and is published each spring and fall. The most recent spring issue was published on May 11, 2009....
June 1, 2009

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Anti-Terrorism Mandates Face Major Revision: Prospective legislation may put more emphasis on inherent safety,” Chemical Processing, June 2009.

Congress is currently focusing on a key piece of legislation to reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), set to expire on October 4. This may lead to measures that are more far reaching and have a more significant impact upon the chemical industry....
June 1, 2009

Lynn L. Bergeson, “EPA Updates IRIS Process, Again,” ABA Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know Committee Newsletter, Vol. 10, No. 4, June 2009.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on May 21, 2009, that it has reformed the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), again. According to EPA, the revisions are intended to “revitalize the program and ensure its scientific quality, integrity, transparency and timeliness.” In a May 21, 2009, memorandum, Administrator Jackson states that recent changes, including procedures formalized in an April 21, 2008, memorandum, “have reduced the transparency, timeliness, and...
April 21, 2009

Lynn L. Bergeson, “What’s New in Nanotechnology Regulations,” Manufacturing Today, Spring 2009.

Over the last several months, there have been a number of significant nano regulatory developments. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on Jan. 12, 2009, its interim report on the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP). On Jan. 22, 2009, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) issued a data call-in for certain nanoscale substances....
January 1, 2009

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Chemical Regulation: Preparing to Address the Challenges Ahead,” Environmental Law Reporter, January 2009.

The environment has enjoyed unprecedented attention as a presidential campaign issue. While climate change, energy, and resource issues dominate, chemical regulation reform is plainly a topic gathering steam. As we approach a new year, a new Administration, and a new Congress, there is much to consider. Issues pertinent to chemical management are complicated, the rhetoric is strident, and areas on which stakeholders agree appear to be few and far between. This Article offers a few...
January 1, 2009

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Legislators Set Agenda for Change,” Chemical Processing, January 2009.

Regulations are expected to target the chemical industry in 2009. The new Administration and Congress promise an eventful new year — It may result in significant changes in direction for regulation of chemicals by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Here’s a look at possible trends....
September 22, 2008

Lynn L. Bergeson and Michael F. Cole, “Food and Drug Administration’s Regulation of Nanotechnology,” Daily Environment Report, Sep. 22, 2008.

The Food and Drug Administration is considering further implementation of the recommendations made by its Nanotechnology Task Force in July 2007. The authors of this article note that nanotechnology will be a fact of life for FDA-regulated products for years to come. They say nanotechnology is an important issue, but only one among many that FDA must address, and FDA’s limited resources must be allocated sensibly. The authors suggest FDA build on existing databases and...
July 22, 2008

Lynn L. Bergeson, “FDA’s Regulation of Nanotechnology: Will the New Draft Guidance Help Industry?,” Nanotechnology Law & Business, Volume 8, Issue 3.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approach to nanotechnology is the subject of intense interest for at least three reasons. First, many promising and visible applications of nano-technology include cosmetics, sunscreens, pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, and medical devices. These products are subject to FDA jurisdiction under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). Second, FDA faces unique challenges in regulating products of nanotechnology be-cause of the...
July 1, 2008

Lynn L. Bergeson, “EPA Seeks Big Help with Nanomaterials Data,” Chemical Processing, October 2008.

The nominal deadline to submit basic information on nanoscale materials under the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was July 28. While the deadline has passed, EPA is encouraging entities to submit information on an ongoing basis. The program objectives and how EPA will use the information to assess additional regulatory steps applicable to nanoscale materials deserve some attention....
April 1, 2008

Lynn L. Bergeson, “The New Business of Nanotechnology: Exploring Commercial Opportunities and Risks,” Environmental Claims Journal, April 2008.

There is an Alice-in-Wonderland awe associated with nanotechnology. While the technology is both exciting and hopeful for many good reasons, for businesses, and the lawyers who counsel them, the lack of certainty in areas involving potential risk is unsettling. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is only now beginning to think through how best to apply the authority it has under the traditional environmental statutes, and to adopt regulatory programs and policies to address the...