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January 20, 2022
What to Expect in Chemicals in 2022
What to Expect in Chemicals in 2022  WEBINAR January 26, 2022 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST  Register Now   Momentous changes initiated in 2021 will continue to influence policy development and rulemakings in 2022. Administration appointments in political leadership positions have been filled. New policies and priorities have been unveiled, and with Democrats in control, a more encouraging attitude toward regulation and regulatory initiatives has taken root.   Notwithstanding the emphasis declared by the White House about the issues of climate change and environmental ... read more >
January 5, 2022
Register Now for “What to Expect in Chemicals in 2022”
2022 will bring competing priorities for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for which companies should now prepare. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to present “What to Expect in Chemicals in 2022,” a webinar offering our best informed judgment as to the trends and key developments B&C’s legal, scientific, and regulatory professionals expect to see in 2022. These include consequential policy shifts reflecting the Biden Administration’s “all of government” commitment to environmental justice and continuing evolution of ... read more >
January 3, 2022
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Releases 2022 Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and its consulting affiliate The Acta Group (Acta®) and consortia management affiliate B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM) are pleased to offer you our Forecast 2022. The extraordinary diversity and complexity of global industrial, agricultural, and biocidal chemical initiatives in which our clients engage are reflected in the detailed summary that follows, prepared by the legal, scientific, and regulatory professionals of B&C, Acta, and BCCM. In this comprehensive overview, we offer our best informed judgment as to the trends ... read more >
December 15, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson and Christopher R. Blunck Quoted by Bloomberg Law in “EPA to Miss Chemical Deadlines, Exposing Public to Risks”
On December 14, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and Christopher R. Blunck, Of Counsel, B&C, were quoted by Bloomberg Law regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently released regulatory agenda that “anticipates the agency missing at least five of 10 deadlines the 2016 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) amendments set to restrict too-risky chemicals already on the U.S. market" and "offers no timeline to comply with a 2017 appropriations bill requirement to redefine ... read more >
December 15, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Earn Accolades from Who’s Who Legal, U.S. News and World Report, and Super Lawyers
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson has again been named one of North America’s leading legal practitioners by Who’s Who Legal – Environment. Ms. Bergeson’s recognition as a “Global Elite Thought Leader” by peers and clients notes: “Lynn Bergeson is renowned as ‘an excellent lawyer, particularly in chemical matters’. Her in-depth knowledge of risk assessment and liability management receives further applause.” This is the 17th year Ms. Bergeson has appeared in ... read more >
December 13, 2021
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted by Bloomberg Law in “EPA Stops Posting ‘Critically Important’ Chemical Risk Data”
On December 13, 2021, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) was quoted by Bloomberg Law regarding a substantial decrease in chemical data being posted to the ChemView database by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) due to resource constraints. This information is used by the public, industry, and environmental groups to easily access health and safety information for hundreds of chemicals. Businesses might need the information to decide whether to purchase a chemical, design an alternative, or improve its ... read more >
November 29, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted by Bloomberg Law in “Chemical Makers Face First of Two EPA Fee Hikes”
On November 24, 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 Bloomberg Law regarding planned increases for Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) fees.  Lynn L. Bergeson, managing partner, with Bergeson and Campbell PC, said EPA’s fee revisions will be the “main event” for companies to watch. Tuesday’s announcement appears to be the statute’s routine adjustment to fees for inflation, said Richard Engler, director of ... read more >
November 23, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted by Chemical Watch in “TSCA approach for addressing abandoned PFASs may invite criticism”
On November 23, 2021, Chemical Watch featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C, regarding a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan to use Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) significant new use rules (SNUR) to address inactive per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). "The Snur authority is a de facto bar to manufacture/import," Lynn Bergeson and Rich Engler of law firm Bergeson & Campbell said. Requiring companies to submit a significant ... read more >
November 12, 2021
James V. Aidala Quoted in Inside TSCA Article “Former Official Says PFAS Patchwork Shows Failures Of TSCA Preemption”
On November 11, 2021, James V. Aidala, Senior Government Affairs Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Inside EPA’s Inside TSCA regarding state regulations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). A former EPA toxics chief says Michigan’s new executive order limiting purchases of products made with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) not only expands a nationwide patchwork of state-level PFAS policies, but shows that the reformed TSCA’s preemption provision “works on paper, but rarely works in ... read more >
November 11, 2021
B&C Launches FIFRA Tutor™ Online, On-Demand Regulatory Training
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce that FIFRA Tutor™ regulatory training courses are now available at www.FIFRAtutor.com. Professionals can preview and enroll in on-demand classes to complete at their own pace and timing. FIFRA Tutor joins B&C’s existing TSCA Tutor® training courses in offering efficient and essential training for chemical regulatory professionals, and a third training program, HazCom GHS Tutor, is planned for 2022.   The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) product approval process is ... read more >
November 9, 2021
Chemical Watch Article “Stakeholders see room for improvement in US EPA’s PFAS categorization” Features Comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.
On November 9, 2021, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) classification of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) for company-funded testing under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). According to Richard Engler, director of chemistry for law firm Bergeson & Campbell, the agency has "come down somewhere in the middle" between examining the huge variety of PFASs as one class and as single compounds, ... read more >
October 14, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article “EPA Strategy Coming to Combat Plastic Pollution, Boost Recycling”
On October 14, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Law regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to release a national strategy to reduce plastic waste, improve recycling, and boost the market for recycled goods. Ms. Bergeson discussed these issues during the "Moving Towards “Cradle-to-Cradle”: Regulatory Drivers and Barriers in Reducing Waste and Achieving Sustainable Lifecycle Management and a Circular Economy" session of the ABA Section of ... read more >
October 7, 2021
Chemical Watch Features Comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Regarding Delays in the TSCA New Chemicals Review Process
On October 7, 2021, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Chemical Watch in the article “TSCA new chemicals review process has ground to a halt, say industry groups.” The TSCA new chemicals review process has "slowed dramatically" over the past year, according to trade groups and industry attorneys, a development they say poses a threat to innovation and the introduction of sustainable chemicals. […] "The current delays are reminiscent of the ‘backlog’ ... read more >
September 30, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “US EPA science policy director to head TSCA advocacy for influential NGO”
On September 30, 2021, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding Richard Denison’s announcement that he is retiring from the  Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) after nearly 35 years. Lynn Bergeson, managing director at Bergeson & Campbell, expressed her appreciation for Dr Denison’s career. "He has made invaluable contributions to the law, science, and policy of TSCA, on which we may on occasion disagree, but that should not detract from Richard’s invaluable ... read more >
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 >
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