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September 3, 2020
Register Now for the All Virtual PSX 2020, September 15-17, 2020
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is a proud sponsor of the Product Stewardship Society’s (PSS®) PSX 2020 virtual conference.  With a focus on promoting responsible design, development, and management of products throughout their life cycles, the PSX 2020 virtual conference offers a wide variety of education options indispensable to anyone in the chemical industry.  Registration is open now, with a variety of attendance options.  One does not have to be a member of PSS to register, though premium members do receive a 15% discount for the full event. Lynn ... read more >
August 21, 2020
Lynn L. Bergeson Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©; Earns Lexology Leading Author Legal Influencer Designation
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson has again been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© in 2021 for Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation.  This marks the 21st year of Ms. Bergeson’s inclusion in the Best Lawyers list, a designation given to lawyers nominated by their peers based on professional abilities and talent in the legal industry. Ms. Bergeson has also been named a leading author in the Lexology Legal Influencers for Q2 2020 for US Infrastructure.  This marks the sixth ... read more >
August 12, 2020
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted in Bloomberg Environment Article “Utilities Want to Use EPA Chemicals Law to Protect Drinking Water”
On August 10, 2020, Bloomberg Environment featured comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding water utilities requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) use all its regulatory tools to safeguard drinking water as it decides whether to allow new chemicals into U.S. commerce. The utilities’ efforts are part of a broader trend in which new businesses are recognizing the chemicals law can affect them, said Richard E. Engler, director of chemistry at the law firm Bergeson and Campbell PC. “More ... read more >
July 29, 2020
In Memoriam—Timothy D. Backstrom
  We write to share the sad news that our friend and colleague Timothy D. Backstrom died on Friday, July 24, 2020.  For those clients and colleagues who were fortunate to have known or worked with Tim, you will appreciate the enormous void his untimely demise has left. Tim’s prodigious intellect, his encyclopedic understanding of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), his contributions to the law and regulation of fuel and fuel additives under the Clean Air Act (CAA), and his passion for the law and the rule of law were very much a part of ... read more >
July 9, 2020
Checking up on EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs — A Conversation with Jim Aidala
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to release this episode of the All Things Chemical™ podcast, which will be of special interest to members of the agricultural community.  During “Checking up on EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs — A Conversation with Jim Aidala,” Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C, sat down with James V. Aidala, B&C’s Senior Government Affairs Consultant, to catch up on what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is up to and to get a sense of what ... read more >
July 8, 2020
Available On-Demand: “TSCA Reform—Four Years Later” Virtual Seminar
On June 24, 2020, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health presented “TSCA Reform -- Four Years Later.”  A full recording of the seminar, including a keynote address by Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and comments by the Hon. John Shimkus U.S. Representative, 15th District of Illinois, is available to watch now.   This complimentary ... read more >
May 19, 2020
Register for “TSCA Reform—Four Years Later” Virtual Seminar
  “TSCA Reform -- Four Years Later” Provides a Vital Update on Where Lautenberg Implementation Stands Today A virtual day-long symposium presented by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health   Free and Open to the Public Wednesday, June 24, 2020 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EDT)   Register Online   B&C, ELI, and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health are pleased to present "TSCA Reform -- Four ... read more >
May 19, 2020
Find B&C’s Updates And Analysis Of Chemical Regulatory Impacts Of COVID-19 In One Place
From new product or new use approvals, to impact on chemical supply chains, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) monitors key federal and international chemical legislative and regulatory initiatives to keep firm clients and friends informed. We have compiled a comprehensive and frequently updated listing of our content related to the coronavirus crisis that we hope will serve as a useful, one-click source of ... read more >
May 15, 2020
Lynn L. Bergeson Named among Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Washington, D.C.; Earns Band 1 Ranking from Chambers and Partners
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson has again been recognized by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers as one of the “Top 50 Women” practicing law in Washington, D.C. in 2020. She was also named a Super Lawyer in Environmental Law, a distinction she has earned consistently since 2008.   B&C is also pleased to announce that Ms. Bergeson has earned the highest ranking attainable in Chambers and Partners USA Guide 2020 for Environmental Law -- Band 1. In its review, Chambers states:  ... read more >
May 7, 2020
Register now for "Eurasia REACH: Achieving Timely Compliance with New Chemicals Requirements"
  Eurasia REACH:  Achieving Timely Compliance with New Chemicals Requirements   Wednesday, May 27, 2020 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EDT)   Register Today   In 2017, the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) issued in final a regional chemical framework, Technical Regulation (TR) on the Safety of Chemical Products EAEU 041/2017.  The implementation date for the chemicals framework was June 1, 2021, but several factors have resulted in delays. In spite of these delays, the Russian Federation is moving forward with its own chemicals management program.   The program ... read more >
May 6, 2020
“TSCA Reform—Four Years Later” Leads an Exciting Slate of Upcoming TSCA Events
“TSCA Reform -- Four Years Later” Leads an Exciting Slate of Upcoming TSCA Seminars, Workshops, and Trainings Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to share information regarding a full slate of upcoming opportunities for chemical industry stakeholders to stay abreast of key developments, adjusted due dates, and future plans regarding the implementation of the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).    These events are virtual, vital, affordable, and presented in a variety of lengths and formats to fit the schedules of our valued clients as they ... read more >
May 6, 2020
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Presents “TSCA New Chemicals” during GlobalChem Webinar Series, May 13, 2020, 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
The 2020 GlobalChem webinar series addresses major developments in chemicals management and provides participants a chance to engage with policymakers and other key experts throughout the chemical industry value chain.  On May 13, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. (EDT), Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), will present during the "TSCA New Chemicals" webinar.  Other presenters include Lynn Dekleva, Ph.D., Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator for New Chemicals, EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), ... read more >
April 23, 2020
Sheryl L. Dolan Quoted in Bloomberg Environment Article "Air Purifiers Making Covid-19 Claims Face Legal, Financial Risks"
On April 23, 2020, Sheryl L. Dolan, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding EPA enforcement actions targeting unsubstantiated marketing claims that products protect against viruses, including Covid-19.  “If they’re making claims that the device treats the ambient air around us, but the virus isn’t expected to be there, it doesn’t actually protect anyone,” said Sheryl Dolan, a senior regulatory consultant at Bergeson and Campbell PC. “So, the claims these companies are ... read more >
April 22, 2020
Chemical Distribution in the Time of COVID-19 — A Conversation with Eric R. Byer, NACD
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to release a timely episode of the All Things Chemical™ podcast, “Chemical Distribution in the Time of COVID-19 — A Conversation with Eric R. Byer, NACD.” In this episode, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C, and Eric Byer, President and CEO of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), sat down to discuss current challenges facing small and large chemical distributors, and how NACD member companies are able to continue to distribute much needed chemical products, including sanitizers and ... read more >
April 14, 2020
COVID-19, FIFRA, and EPA -- A Conversation with Lisa Campbell
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to release a timely episode of the All Things Chemical™ podcast, COVID-19, FIFRA, and EPA -- A Conversation with Lisa Campbell.” In this episode, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C, and Lisa M. Campbell, one of the nation’s foremost legal experts on the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), a Partner at B&C, sat down to discuss U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval of products under FIFRA to combat COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.   Since the start ... read more >
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 >
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