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September 22, 2021
PFAS Reporting Rules Webinar Recording and Q&A Document Available Now
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to offer the recording, slides, and written Question and Answer (Q&A) document from our “PFAS Reporting Rules -- What Every Company Needs to Know” webinar, focusing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed reporting rules for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), presented by B&C Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson and Director of Chemistry Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.   Do you wonder if the PFAS reporting rules extend to domestically-produced articles? Or if businesses that incorporate ... read more >
September 14, 2021
Chemical Watch Features Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Regarding Compliance Challenges of EPA’s PIP Rule
On September 14, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C, were quoted by Chemical Watch in the article “US EPA ‘turns up the heat’ on industry to demonstrate PIP rule challenges.” The EPA, however, has made clear that it will not give [companies] further time lightly.  Many commenters "did not provide sufficiently specific information about their operations to support their assertions" that more time was needed to comply, it said ... read more >
September 14, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “EPA’s timeline to rework TSCA PBT rules ‘impossible to justify’, NGOs say”
On September 14, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding criticism of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to grant industry additional time to comply with a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) prohibition on phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) – or PIP (3:1) – in articles.  Some in industry, however, argue the approach represents the agency’s best effort in a tricky situation.  Lynn Bergeson, managing director at Bergeson & ... read more >
September 10, 2021
Meibao Zhuang, Ph.D., Joins Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group Agricultural Chemicals Practices
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce that Meibao Zhuang, Ph.D., has joined our firms as Senior Scientist and Regulatory Consultant. Dr. Zhuang offers clients in-depth scientific knowledge and exceptional skills in global and regional regulatory strategy honed over a nearly 20-year career leading regulatory efforts with Corteva Agriscience (Corteva) and Dow AgroSciences LLC (Dow). Dr. Zhuang is a research scientist with a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology, and Masters and Bachelors degrees in Entomology and Genetics. Dr. Zhuang, ... read more >
August 12, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article "Industry awaits US EPA’s next steps as pause on PIP 3:1 enforcement nears end"
On August 11, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding the possibility that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will extend compliance dates for Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) prohibitions on phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1)) before a pause on enforcement is set to expire early next month.  Lynn Bergeson, a partner with Bergeson & Campbell who advises companies and trade associations on TSCA compliance, said the agency is aware of and ... read more >
August 12, 2021
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article “Plunge in New Chemical Requests Hurts Innovation, Lawyers Say”
On August 12, 2021, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Law regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) review process for new chemicals. Richard E. Engler, who directs chemistry at Bergeson and Campbell PC, said the EPA still decided to regulate a new chemical after concluding it would pose “no unreasonable risk"—the safest conclusion the agency can reach. Engler said his client provided 100 pages worth of data showing the chemical was safe and needed ... read more >
August 12, 2021
PFAS Reporting Rules -- What Every Company Needs to Know
WEBINAR Thursday, September 9, 2021 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EDT) Register Now PODCAST Available Now Listen Here Transcript Available Here   When it comes to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not messing around. The agency announced on June 10, 2021, three actions intended to protect communities from PFAS: proposing a rule designed to obtain comprehensive data on more than 1,000 PFAS manufactured in the United States;   withdrawing guidance that EPA believes weakened its July 2020 significant new use rule (SNUR) ... read more >
August 11, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “Industry presses US EPA to scale back PFAS reporting rule”
On August 11, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding the compliance challenges of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) reporting rule. The language of the NDAA limits the EPA’s ability to make certain changes. For example, it says a final rule must be issued by 1 January 2023, and reporting must cover "each person who has manufactured a chemical substance that is a perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substance ... read more >
July 29, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article "US FDA scrutinising fluorinated plastic food containers"
On July 28, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plan to evaluate fluorinated plastic food containers for potential per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) leaching.  The FDA said that while companies must fulfil "strict data requirements" to demonstrate non-hazardous conditions of use before approval, it reassesses risks as knowledge advances, such as by looking at the research from domestic and international agencies. "The ... read more >
July 28, 2021
Register for In-Person TSCA Training Led by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., at ChemEdge
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CDT Wednesday, August 11, 2021, San Antonio, TX There is no better way to prepare yourself and your company to meet TSCA compliance requirements than by enrolling in a day-long workshop lead by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry at Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta) and a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Any company that imports, stores, repackages, processes, uses, or disposes of industrial chemicals is subject to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The National Association of ... read more >
July 13, 2021
Recording of “TSCA Reform: Five Years Later” Conference and Other Resources Available Now
The “TSCA Reform - Five Years Later” conference held June 30, 2021, featured in-depth discussion, spirited debate, and news-making statements over the course of six virtual panels. A full recording of the event with additional suggested readings and other resources are available on the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) website for members of ELI.   A detailed summary of the event with commentary is available in Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®), July 1, 2021, memorandum, “ELI Concludes Another Successful Annual TSCA Conference.” B&C prepared ... read more >
July 12, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “Fujifilm discontinues US sales of PIP 3:1-containing film”
On July 8, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to begin enforcing PIP 3:1 prohibitions in September. Many businesses and their supply chains were "caught flat-footed" by the restrictions, said Lynn Bergeson, a partner with Bergeson & Campbell who advises companies and trade associations on TSCA compliance and the regulation of chemicals. At the same time, "the passage of a modest amount of time has not moved the needle ... read more >
July 8, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article "Chemical Reviews Will Ensure Worker Safety, EPA Toxics Head Says"
On July 7, 2021, Bloomberg Law featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement of policies to review the first round of chemical analyses that were performed under the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Biden administration is concerned the Trump administration’s policies to examine chemicals’ risks led to conclusions that ignored too many ways the chemicals might harm people or the environment. Others are concerned ... read more >
July 1, 2021
Comments Made by Lynn L. Bergeson, Michal Freedhoff, Ph.D., and More during TSCA Reform Conference Featured in Bloomberg Law Article "EPA to Revisit Whether Eight Chemicals Too Risky for People"
On June 30, 2021, Bloomberg Law featured quotes from the TSCA Reform – Five Years Later conference regarding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan to revisit whether eight chemicals the agency already examined pose greater risks to workers and communities than the Trump administration found. The eight chemicals are seven solvents—methylene chloride, trichloroethylene (TCE), carbon tetrachloride, n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), 1-bromopropane (1-BP), perchloroethylene (PERC), and 1-4 dioxane—along with the cyclic aliphatic bromide cluster (HBCD), a group of three ... read more >
June 22, 2021
Register Now for “TSCA Reform—Five Years Later” on June 30, 2021
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Register Now Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health are pleased to present “TSCA Reform - Five Years Later.” This complimentary virtual conference marks the fifth Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Annual Conference, reflecting on the accomplishments and challenges since the implementation of the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and where TSCA stands today. Speakers will dive into a host of topics, including ... read more >
June 18, 2021
Comments by Christopher Blunck Featured in Chemical Watch Article “Breadth of US EPA’s proposed PFAS reporting rule unprecedented, experts say”
On June 17, 2021, Chemical Watch published insights from Christopher R. Blunck, Of Counsel, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding a proposed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) reporting rule that includes downstream users and small businesses with a lack of exemptions for the compounds’ occurrence as byproducts or impurities. That is "an extremely broad reporting requirement", said Christopher Blunck, of counsel with Bergeson & Campbell. The proposed rule’s absence of limits or conventional exemptions is "not precedented", he ... read more >
June 17, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article "EPA’s Flame Retardant Rule Offers Chemical Lesson for Businesses"
On April 9, 2021, Bloomberg Law featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule restricting industrial uses of a popular flame retardant is causing headaches for equipment manufacturers and demonstrating how the nation’s chemicals law can upend global supply chains. But the Environmental Protection Agency was besieged by industry pleas for help soon after the new administration came into office in January, so it took an unusual step. ... read more >
May 27, 2021
Registration Opens for “TSCA Reform – Five Years Later,” an Essential Annual TSCA Event
A Timely and Essential Complimentary Conference Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Register Now Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health are pleased to present “TSCA Reform - Five Years Later.” This complimentary virtual conference marks the fifth Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Annual Conference, reflecting on the accomplishments and challenges since the implementation of the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and where TSCA stands today. ... read more >
May 26, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Earns High Accolades in Chambers USA Guide 2021
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson has been awarded the highest ranking attainable, Band 1, in Chambers USA Guide 2021. This is Ms. Bergeson’s 16th year earning top marks from Chambers USA as one of the best lawyers in America. The commentary accompanying her 2021 Chambers ranking speaks of Ms. Bergeson as “The best nationwide practitioner on product-related environmental regulations; a true expert.” Chambers quotes clients as saying: “She provides timely and cost-effective legal advice on ... read more >
May 20, 2021
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “What would substance-wide TSCA risk determinations and other new approaches mean for stakeholders?”
On May 20, 2021, Chemical Watch featured comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding recent policy shifts signaled by the US EPA on how it conducts TSCA risk evaluations. Incorporating environmental justice considerations "may present a significant analytical challenge if EPA seeks to move beyond a fenceline cumulative exposure approach", for example, if a worker is exposed at work and then through living near that facility, said Richard Engler, director of chemistry at Bergeson & Campbell.  ... read more >
May 17, 2021
Amy L. Babcock, MPH, DABT®, ERT, MRSB, Joins Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce that Amy L. Babcock, MPH, DABT®, ERT, MRSB has joined our firms as Senior Scientist. Ms. Babcock has 15-plus years of experience leading qualitative and quantitative human health risk assessments in industry and agency roles, most recently as Supervisory Toxicologist and Branch Chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Ms. Babcock ... read more >
May 10, 2021
Prominent Industry and Agency Veterans Join Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce that Dennis R. Deziel, former Regional Administrator, Region 1 (New England), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Todd Stedeford, Ph.D., DABT®, ERT, ATS, former Senior Science Advisor in EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), have joined our firms. Dennis R. Deziel, Senior Government Affairs Advisor for B&C and Acta, provides the firms’ clients with an extraordinary depth of experience and knowledge of the regulatory process and government ... read more >
May 10, 2021
Outstanding TSCA Events This June: Conferences, In-Depth Training, and "TSCA Reform: Five Years Later" Symposium
Lawyers, regulatory experts, and product stewardship professionals engaged in Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) compliance have an unusually rich array of conferences and trainings to attend next month.  Professionals of all levels and tenures can find programs to meet their requirements, from one-day key developments updates, to multi-day fundamentals training, to “TSCA Reform: Five Years Later,” the fifth anniversary of this celebrated symposium, presented by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, ... read more >
April 19, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson and Lisa M. Campbell Chosen as Top Authors by JD Supra Readers
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson and Partner Lisa M. Campbell have been recognized in the 2021 JD Supra Readers Choice Awards as top authors in the environment section and B&C has been named the #1 firm in the environment category. JD Supra, a legal news service, has consistently awarded B&C authors with Readers Choice Awards for top visibility and engagement, reflecting the timely, informative, and actionable writing B&C provides. Some popular publications from the past year include “EPA Announces ... read more >
April 9, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article "EPA prepares to issue TSCA PFAS reporting rule proposal"
On April 9, 2021, Chemical Watch featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding a proposed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) reporting rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), requiring manufacturers to submit detailed information on these compounds to guide potential regulatory action. The US EPA is nearing completion of a proposed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) reporting rule under TSCA, requiring manufacturers to submit detailed information on these compounds to guide potential ... read more >
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