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April 1, 2020
Acta Group Launches CDR Cross-Check™ To Assist Companies in Identifying Chemical Data Reporting Requirements
The Acta Group (Acta®) announced today the launch of CDR Cross-Check™, an ingenious yet simple tool developed and offered by Acta to assist companies in preparing for the 2020 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). CDR Cross-Check utilizes the most recent CDR listing information publicly available provided by EPA (currently, 2016 lists) to identify whether all or some of a company’s inventory of chemical substances are subject to CDR under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and, if so, at what reporting threshold. CDR ... read more >
March 25, 2020
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg Environment Article “Auto, Other Importers to Get Chemical Fees Break, EPA Says”
On March 25, 2020, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) was quoted by Bloomberg Environment in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to not go after certain companies that failed to identify themselves to help pay a portion of the chemical risk evaluation fee imposed by a Toxic Substances Control Act fee rule issued in October 2018. The exempted companies include those that import products such as cars, computers, and furniture that contain one or more of the 20 chemicals; manufacturers that produce the ... read more >
March 23, 2020
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson Featured in Bloomberg Environment Article “EPA Ruling Could Allow Controversial Nanoparticles in Pesticides”
On March 23, 2020, comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) were featured by Bloomberg Environment regarding a proposed registration for Polyguard, which uses nanosilver particles to protect textiles from microbes and bacteria. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell P.C., said Polyguard’s registration application is much more targeted, for use only on textiles. “It’s also formulated differently, it’s not in a liquid suspension (like NSPW-L30SS), it’s in the form of a plastic bead or ... read more >
March 19, 2020
Adapting and Evolving: B&C, Acta, and BCCM Services Available Worldwide without Interruption
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), The Acta Group (Acta®), and B&C® Consortia Management L.L.C. (BCCM) extend our best wishes and heartfelt hope that all our clients, friends, and their families are safe and well. We write to assure you that as we all adapt and evolve to accommodate the new normal, we are functioning as usual. You may not know this, but we have operated for more than two decades with full remote-work capability for all professionals worldwide. Institutionally, our business model from the start was designed to provide the flexibility needed to attract ... read more >
March 18, 2020
Comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Featured in Bloomberg Environment Article “Groups Say EPA’s Withholding New Chemicals Data From Public”
On March 18, 2020, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding a lawsuit brought against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) saying the agency failed to provide information about chemical use and new chemicals to which the public is legally entitled. “I do not question the plaintiffs’ goals—EPA has a clear obligation and should re-commit to meeting those obligations—but do question whether a lawsuit is the most efficient way to achieve those goals,” said ... read more >
March 12, 2020
All Things Chemical™ Episode "TSCA Update — A Conversation with Richard E. Engler, Ph.D."
This week, I sat down with my colleague, Dr. Richard Engler, Director of Chemistry here at B&C and The Acta Group (Acta®). We brought everyone up to date on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) fee rule and how it applies to entities obligated to pay a portion of the $1,350,000 per chemical fee for preparing an EPA-initiated risk evaluation, the legal and regulatory significance of the supplemental rulemaking on long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) chemicals and the precedent it sets for ... read more >
March 10, 2020
Christopher R. Blunck, Former Special Assistant to the Director of EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, 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 Christopher R. Blunck has joined our firms as Of Counsel with B&C and Senior Regulatory Specialist with Acta. Mr. Blunck most recently served as Policy Analyst and Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). Mr. Blunck has managed or participated in the development of hundreds of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and Toxics Release Inventory Program (TRI) regulations, guidance documents, ... read more >
March 6, 2020
Lynn L. Bergeson and EPA Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn Discuss What to Expect from New TSCA in 2020 as Chemical Risk Evaluations Ramp Up
On March 2, 2020, at ChemCon The Americas 2020 in Philadelphia, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, sat down with Tjeerd Bokhout to discuss the implementation of Lautenberg and what can be expected through 2020.  Ms. Dunn started off the discussion, noting that EPA is “getting our sea legs under us; we spent the first two or three years after enactment, really through 2019, setting up the bones of the program, the regulations, ... read more >
February 20, 2020
Pesticide Roundup—A Conversation with Sheryl Dolan
This week, I sat down with my colleague, Sheryl Dolan, a Senior Regulatory Consultant here at Bergeson & Campbell and The Acta Group. As Sheryl’s practice focuses primarily on pesticide matters, we addressed a few hot topics captivating our interest. Sheryl briefed us on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs’ (OPP) forthcoming move from Crystal City, Virginia, to D.C. later this year, OPP’s recent deployment of its Emerging Pathogen Policy in light of the Coronavirus gripping the world, OPP’s continuing efforts to help ... read more >
February 7, 2020
James V. Aidala Quoted by The Washington Post in “Trump has kept this controversial pesticide on the market. Now its biggest manufacturer is stopping production”
On February 6, 2020, comments by James V. Aidala, Senior Government Affairs Consultant with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), were featured in a Washington Post article about Corteva Agriscience’s decision to stop producing the pesticide chlorpyrifos. Jim Aidala, a consultant for Corteva who served as EPA’s associate administrator for pesticides and toxics under Bill Clinton, said in an interview that because the Obama administration made a decision on chlorpyrifos just before Trump took office, the science it relied on “never got fully vetted.” The ... read more >
February 6, 2020
“All Things Chemical™ Podcast Episode "Are You Potentially Responsible for TSCA Fees? EPA Issues Preliminary Lists of Companies Responsible"
This week, I sat down with my colleague, Dr. Richard Engler, Bergeson & Campbell’s Director of Chemistry, to discuss what the fuss is over EPA’s January 27, 2020, issuance of a “preliminary list” of companies responsible for the $1,350,000 per-chemical fee EPA charges to conduct a risk evaluation of a high-priority chemical under TSCA Section 6.  The scope of the entities “on the hook” is far broader than expected, and companies with little understanding of TSCA may be presumptively liable for these fees and TSCA enforcement scrutiny for failure ... read more >
January 23, 2020
B&C Launches TSCA Tutor™ Online, On-Demand Training Courses
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce the release of the complete suite of TSCA Tutor™ regulatory training courses online and on-demand at www.TSCAtutor.com.  Professionals seeking expert, efficient, essential training can preview and enroll in on-demand classes to complete at their own pace and timing.  In addition to the newly released online e-learning courses, B&C’s TSCA Tutor™ training platform offers live in-person training at a company’s site and customized live webinar training, so companies can mix and match training ... read more >
January 15, 2020
Bergeson & Campbell’s Forecast 2020
This week, I sat down with my colleagues Sheryl Lindros Dolan, Chris Bryant, and Dr. Richard Engler to discuss our fabulous 2020 Forecast, B&C’s and The Acta Group’s (Acta®) richly detailed overview of key trends in U.S. and global chemical law and policy. This 67-page document provides a comprehensive “one-stop” overview of global initiatives for the New Year of which stakeholders in the global chemical market must be aware. My colleagues provide a spirited overview of key developments, speculate on the impact of the U.S. general elections later this year, ... read more >
December 19, 2019
RCRA Rundown: Hazardous Waste and Sustainable Removal
This week, I sat down with my colleague Christopher Bryant, a Senior Regulatory Consultant here at Bergeson & Campbell. Chris has over 25 years of experience in environmental, health, and safety compliance, and, in particular, hazardous waste management and regulation under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). I asked Chris to the studio to speak with me about RCRA:  what it is, how the law has developed, what is covered under it, and how we might expect -- or hope -- it to change for the better.  We discussed the history and stated goals of RCRA, and why, in ... read more >
December 18, 2019
Lynn L. Bergeson and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Earn Accolades from Who’s Who Legal, U.S. News and World Report, National Law Review, and Lexology
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 "Leading Individual" by peers and clients notes that she is “highly respected for her top-notch practice where she supports clients in sophisticated regulatory matters in complex biotechnology industries.”  This is the fifteenth year Ms. Bergeson has appeared in Who's Who Legal.   B&C has ... read more >
November 22, 2019
“Value Chain Communications Required under TSCA Consent Orders and SNURs: How to Formulate Them and Optimize Their Value” Recording Available Now
On November 13, 2019, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), presented “Value Chain Communications Required under TSCA Consent Orders and SNURs:  How to Formulate Them and Optimize Their Value,” a complimentary webinar for our clients and friends.  Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C, outlined the categories of legally required risk communications to value chain participants required under TSCA Consent Orders and significant new use rules (SNUR).  Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C, discussed the considerable value of formulating ... read more >
November 6, 2019
Turkey REACH (KKDIK):  Achieving Timely Compliance with New Chemicals Requirements
Turkey REACH (KKDIK): Achieving Timely Compliance with New Chemicals Requirements Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (EST) Register Today Turkey’s Registration (Kaydı), Evaluation (Değerlendirilmesi), Authorization (İzni) and Restriction (Kısıtlanması) of Chemicals (Kimyasalların) (Turkey REACH/KKDIK) regulation was published by Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU) on June 23, 2017. The regulation entered into force on December 23, 2017. Similar to EU REACH, KKDIK is an ambitious law that covers a wide range of issues pertaining to ... read more >
October 29, 2019
Lynn L. Bergeson, "The Growing Influence of Chemical Risk Evaluation on the M&A Market," Financier Worldwide, October 2019.
In 2018, the global M&A market achieved a transaction volume of $4.1 trillion, the third highest year ever for M&A volumes. Divestitures, spin-offs and split-offs are essential to defining corporate identity, a key shareholder imperative. This brisk pace is expected to continue. Whatever the motivation, M&A activity demands razor-sharp due diligence. The premise of this article is that due diligence often underestimates or, worse, ignores the impact implementation of revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the US industrial chemical safety law, has on commercial ... read more >
October 16, 2019
WEBINAR -- Value Chain Communications Required under TSCA Consent Orders and SNURs
Value Chain Communications Required under TSCA Consent Orders and SNURs: How to Formulate Them and Optimize Their Value   Wednesday, November 13, 2019 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EST)   Available On Demand   The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act) revised the new chemicals review process and existing chemicals risk evaluation scheme.  These changes have triggered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of many more restrictions on chemical substances, necessitating a broad range of risk communications to ... read more >
October 16, 2019
RCRA Improvement Rules: An Update and Discussion
RCRA Improvement Rules: An Update and Discussion Wednesday, October 16, 2019 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EDT) Register Today Overview: On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the final “Generator Improvements Rule” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). 81 Fed. Reg. 85732. The potential scope of the revised regulatory program is immense -- the changes will affect almost 700,000 facilities. The rule is the most comprehensive overhaul of the RCRA generator requirements in 30 years. Although the rule took effect on May 30, 2017, ... read more >
October 10, 2019
“All Things Chemical™ Podcast Episode "Food Quality, New TSCA, and Much More: A Conversation with Dean Lynn Goldman"
This week, I sat down with Dean Lynn Goldman, the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Dr. Goldman is widely regarded as one of the most influential public health physicians of our time and served as Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1993 through 1998 under President Bill Clinton.  During her tenure, Dr. Goldman and her team are credited with implementing the 1996 amendments to our nation’s pesticide law, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and ... read more >
September 16, 2019
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group Add Multiple New Professionals in an Expansion of Services
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce the addition of five accomplished, experienced professionals to our firms.   Heather J. Blankinship has joined our firms as a Senior Regulatory Consultant. Ms. Blankinship works with clients to develop strategic, comprehensive, cost-effective approaches to global regulatory compliance, product risk assessment, and sustainability programs. Ms. Blankinship’s product category expertise includes oil and gas, polymers and fibers, specialty materials and solvents, glass manufacturing, and ... read more >
September 10, 2019
Lynn L. Bergeson Named President of the Board of Directors of the Product Stewardship Society
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Product Stewardship Society (PSS) Board of Directors inducted Lynn L. Bergeson as President during its annual board meeting preceding the Product Stewardship conference being held in Columbus, Ohio, September 10 - 12, 2019.  Ms. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), will serve as President through 2021. Ms. Bergeson has served on the PSS Board of Directors since 2015.   PSS is an affiliate of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA®), launched in 2012 to drive the product stewardship profession forward by ... read more >
September 5, 2019
Celebrating the Environmental Law Institute’s 50th Anniversary with President Scott Fulton
This week, I sat down with Scott Fulton, President of the Environmental Law Institute, on the occasion of ELI’s 50th anniversary. Scott is ELI’s 5th President. As a former ELI Board member myself and a practicing lawyer in the environmental space, I have known Scott for years given his many high profile roles as a former EPA General Counsel, Assistant Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, among other prominent positions. In our conversation, Scott explains the various lines of work in which the ELI is currently engaged, how ... read more >
August 29, 2019
Lynn L. Bergeson Earns Highest Ranking in Chambers USA Guide 2019
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 2019. This is Ms. Bergeson’s 14th year of being ranked by Chambers USA as one of the best lawyers in America. The commentary accompanying her 2019 Chambers ranking speaks of Ms. Bergeson’s “stellar reputation in the environment space,”and quotes clients as saying: “If you need advice in the chemical regulatory arena, there is no better choice than Lynn. She provides five-star ... read more >
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