B&C News: Lautenberg Implementation

May 27, 2022
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted by Bloomberg Law in Article “First Lawsuit Challenging EPA’s Chemical Test Order Filed”
On May 26, 2022, Bloomberg Law quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding a lawsuit filed by a coalition of companies making a solvent that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) is examining for possible regulation. The coalition is asking a federal court to overturn an agency order seeking data to understand whether the chemical could harm wildlife.  Lynn L. Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson and Campbell PC, which specializes in chemical regulations, said she couldn’t ... read more >
May 23, 2022
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “TSCA asbestos proposal to put cost-benefit considerations under the microscope”
On May 20, 2022,  Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to ban all ongoing uses of chrysotile asbestos, including a two-year deadline for the chlor-alkali industry to stop using asbestos diaphragms in the production of chlorine. The 12 April proposal – the first issued under the amended TSCA in response to a completed risk evaluation – floats what the agency calls an "aggressive ... read more >
May 20, 2022
Webinar Recording Available: “Domestic Chemical Regulation and Achieving Circularity”
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) May 18, 2022, webinar “Domestic Chemical Regulation and Achieving Circularity” is now available for on-demand viewing at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/2013797750853340422. During this one-hour webinar, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C, moderated a timely and fascinating review of the state of sustainable chemical regulation in the United States with Kate Sellers, Technical Fellow, ERM; Mathy Stanislaus, Vice Provost, Executive Director, The Environmental Collaboratory, Drexel University; and Richard E. ... read more >
April 6, 2022
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted by Chemical Watch in Article “How the US EPA has fired a ‘warning shot’ on enforcement of PFAS requirements”
On April 5, 2022, Chemical Watch quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent policy interpretation on the fluorination of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers. [‌I]n some respects, there has been little surprise at the agency’s view that the generation of certain PFASs during the fluorination of polyolefins – including polyethylene – is an activity covered under the 2020 long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) TSCA significant ... read more >
April 1, 2022
TSCA New Chemicals Coalition Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “Companies call for EPA to keep TSCA inventory corrections process”
On March 31, 2022, Chemical Watch reported on a letter written by the TSCA New Chemicals Coalition (NCC) calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend its plans to revoke a decades-old policy allowing companies to request corrections to the TSCA inventory.  The TSCA New Chemicals Coalition – an ad hoc group represented by the law firm Bergeson & Campbell – said scrapping the process could give rise to a host of unintended consequences. It also questioned the legality of the agency making the change without an ... read more >
March 28, 2022
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article “Chemical Makers Ask EPA to Fix, Not Drop, Corrections Policy”
On March 25, 2022,  Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Law regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to no longer process chemical manufacturers’ requests to correct the specific ways chemicals on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory are identified. If the EPA is concerned that companies are using correction requests to add new chemicals to the inventory, it could issue guidance describing the information needed to support a correction request, ... read more >
March 15, 2022
B&C Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “Plan to exclude PPE from TSCA risk evaluations sparks industry outcry"
On March 14, 2022, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) was quoted by Chemical Watch on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to no longer consider personal protective equipment (PPE) use in Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk evaluations.  Law firm Bergeson & Campbell said assuming PPE will not be used, including in cases where required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Osha), "is not based on reasonably available information, impermissibly assumes intentional misuse and considers ... read more >
March 15, 2022
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “Stakeholders clash over chlor-alkali restrictions under imminent TSCA asbestos rule"
On March 14, 2022, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Chemical Watch regarding conflicting visions for the upcoming asbestos Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk management rule. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at law firm Bergeson & Campbell, told Chemical Watch the EPA must look at the availability of "technically and economically feasible alternatives that benefit health or the environment" when adopting risk management rules to reduce unreasonable risk identified in ... read more >
March 2, 2022
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “EPA to scrap TSCA inventory corrections process"
On March 1, 2022, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Chemical Watch responding to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement that it will no longer allow companies to request corrections to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory and instead require them to submit a pre-manufacture notice (PMN) for improperly identified substances.   The decision "is entirely unprincipled and based on a flawed understanding of the correction process and its continuing ... read more >
March 1, 2022
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article "EPA Drops Policy Chemical Makers Use to Correct Critical List"
On Feburary 28, 2022, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Law regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement that, as of April 26, it will no longer process chemical manufacturers’ requests to correct the specific ways chemicals on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory are identified. If the EPA is concerned that companies are using correction requests to add new chemicals to the inventory, it could issue guidance describing the ... read more >
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