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February 26, 2021
All Things Chemical™ Podcast Celebrates Its 50th Fascinating Episode
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) podcast All Things Chemical reached the big 5 – 0 this month, with the release of episodes 49 and 50, the two-part series “How will the Biden Administration Interpret Amended TSCA?” and “How will the New Administration affect the EPA?,” fitting milestone episodes for this podcast dedicated to engaging and informing listeners with intelligent, insightful conversation around key issues affecting industrial, pesticidal, and specialty chemical stakeholders. Podcast host Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of ... read more >
February 9, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson and Alexandra Dapolito Dunn to Present "Chemicals Regulation: Latest Developments" at Environmental Law 2021
The American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) and the Environmental Law Institute’s (ELI) Environmental Law 2021 webcast educates lawyers on key current environmental law issues, including the latest developments in air, water, endangered species, climate change, chemicals, and renewable energy. A national faculty of seasoned private practitioners, governmental officials, law professors, and public interest advocates will cover what to expect from the change of administrations in Washington D.C., with Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. ... read more >
January 28, 2021
Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. Quoted in Chemical Watch Article "TSCA implementation may be ‘significantly different’ under Biden"
On January 28, 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 changes to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) under Biden. "TSCA implementation and interpretation could be significantly different" under the new administration, Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at Bergeson & Campbell, told Chemical Watch. [...] Ms. Bergeson agreed that there is enough ambiguity in the rule to allow for different policy interpretations. "Any ... read more >
January 26, 2021
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson Featured in Chemical Watch “Global Outlook 2021: Risk assessment and management under TSCA – what should we expect?”
Chemical Watch’s “Global Outlook 2021: Risk assessment and management under TSCA – what should we expect?” includes a conversation between Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Terry Hyland, North America Managing Editor, Chemical Watch, regarding what to expect from the Biden Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2021. Excerpts from the article are below. New challenges also lie ahead for the EPA, still working to update its TSCA fees rule and dealing with legal cases that could bring an ... read more >
January 20, 2021
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson Discussing Biden Chemical Policy Featured in Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report
On January 20, 2021, comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) were featured in the Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report article "Biden Day 1 Presages ‘Far More Aggressive’ Chemicals Stance." Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson and Campbell PC, which specializes in chemical policies, saw the selected TSCA rules and policies as focusing on the entire process EPA has used to examine and regulate chemicals through an environmental justice “lens.” That lens will find many problems, she said, ... read more >
January 12, 2021
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. Quoted in Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report Article "OSHA, EPA to Share Trade Secrets in Joint New Chemicals Work"
On January 12, 2021, Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report featured comments by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding an agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to share trade secrets about chemicals that manufacturers seek to produce or import. Richard E. Engler, director of chemistry with Bergeson and Campbell PC, said unresolved questions—including who would regulate when—remain. There are situations when either ... read more >
January 7, 2021
WEBINAR -- What to Expect When You're Electing (a New President)
What to Expect When You’re Electing (a New President)   WEBINAR January 28, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST As a new Administration arrives in Washington, D.C., few things are certain except that 2021 is sure to be an eventful year, especially as the Democrats gain a majority in the House and what appears to be narrow control of the Senate.  While underlying partisan jockeying and prospects for bipartisan cooperation will affect greatly what may happen in the more limited context of chemical regulation, the Biden Administration has already laid out priorities on the ... read more >
December 23, 2020
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Featured in Bloomberg Environment Article "Fuel-Chemicals Advisory Seen as ‘Unwanted’ EPA Parting Gift”
On December 23, 2020, comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C, were featured by Bloomberg Environment regarding a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance advisory describing how the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) applies to certain petroleum-based chemicals, along with renewable substitutes made from crops, fats, and waste oil. [T]he EPA’s advisory is also “an unexpected and, to many, unwanted parting gift from the Trump ... read more >
December 22, 2020
BRAG Celebrates Gains In Regulatory Parity For Biobased Products
Having created an impressive legacy of regulatory and policy success for biobased and renewable chemicals and chemical products, the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) will sunset at the end of 2020.   BRAG was formed in 2013 to give biobased chemical stakeholders the expertise and collective voice necessary to educate legislative and administrative decision-makers during the negotiations occurring at that time regarding reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and to help its members understand and comply with the application of TSCA to their products ... read more >
December 17, 2020
Butyl Benzyl Phthalate Consortium Forms To Support Regulatory and Scientific Interests of Stakeholders
B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM) is pleased to announce the formation of the Butyl Benzyl Phthalate Consortium.  Its mission is to serve the commercial and regulatory interests of butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) manufacturers, importers, and downstream users; address scientific, regulatory, and product stewardship issues concerning the health, safety, and/or environmental aspects of BBP; and participate in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 6 risk evaluation initiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Membership in the BBP Consortium is ... read more >
December 17, 2020
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg Environment Article “Virus Prompts EPA to Let Chemical Makers Split Risk Analysis Fees”
On December 17, 2020, Bloomberg Environment featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to allow chemical manufacturers to split certain risk evaluation fee payments to the agency. [T]he due date for the second payment offers some clarity for clients, said Lynn L. Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson and Campbell, PC, which specializes in chemical regulations and policies. “Several of our clients have received invoices, and no surprise there,” she ... read more >
December 7, 2020
Edith G. Nagy 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 Edith G. Nagy has joined our firms as Of Counsel (B&C) and Regulatory Consultant (Acta) and will assist clients with environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance in the United States and internationally. Prior to joining B&C, Ms. Nagy was a regulatory professional with an international EHS consultancy, assisting multinational Fortune 500 companies to forecast regulatory changes and prepare for regulatory audits by U.S. state and federal and European Union (EU) member country ... read more >
December 1, 2020
Let’s Talk About Europe – All Things Chemical Podcast Features ECHA and Brexit
With the fast-approaching end of the transition period between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU), the Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) podcast All Things Chemical™ has released two episodes discussing the many changes this transition will bring about for those in the chemical industry.   What’s Going on with the Brexit Transition Period? — A Conversation with Jane S. Vergnes, Ph.D. Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C, and President of The Acta Group (Acta®), and Jane S. Vergnes, Ph.D., DABT®, Director of Toxicology, ... read more >
November 10, 2020
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg Environment Article “Biden’s EPA Expected to Pass Limits on Some ‘Forever Chemicals’”
On November 10, 2020, Bloomberg Environment featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) regarding regulations that the next U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administration is expected to set in the coming years. The incoming administration also could set waste remediation and other limits for some PFAS, said Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell P.C., which specializes in chemical policies. Yet as a centrist, Biden is likely to rely on scientific information and insights into how medical and other ... read more >
November 3, 2020
Register Now for SNO and NanOEH’s Virtual Nanotechnology Conference
The Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) and the Nanotechnology, Occupational and Environmental Health (NanOEH) Committee have partnered to present the 9th NANO Conference.  This conference combines the interests of SNO and NanOEH by offering a virtual program containing sessions that are of interest to both groups.   SNO is a permanent non-profit corporation that provides the infrastructure to carry out its mission of research, education, and responsibility related to both sustainability and nanotechnology.  The NanOEH Committee focuses on a conference that serves the ... read more >
October 14, 2020
Lisa M. Campbell Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “California Company Sues US EPA Over Cleaning Wipes Confiscation”
On October 14, 2020, comments by Lisa M. Campbell, Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), were featured by Chemical Watch in an article regarding a recent lawsuit filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Zuru, the importer of a seized shipment of wipes, claims that the confiscated cleaning wipes “do not fall under FIFRA because they are neither labelled nor advertised as a pesticide and make no claims about disinfecting.” Lisa Campbell, a partner at Bergeson & Campbell, said the EPA has long taken the position that products ... read more >
October 5, 2020
Career Opportunity: Pesticide Regulatory Consultant
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and its consulting affiliate, The Acta Group, LLC (Acta®), are seeking a pesticide regulatory consultant to join our growing team of regulatory consultants, scientists, and policy experts.  This position will be a full-time remote/telecommuting position directed from our Washington, D.C. office even if filled by a local candidate. Position Applicants should be experienced in all aspects of preparing, submitting, and managing applications under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), having worked for a ... read more >
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 >
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 >
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