B&C News: Lautenberg Implementation

June 5, 2014
Inside EPA features B&C commentary in "Democrats' Proposed Amendment Widens Gap In House TSCA Reform Effort."
“While the Democrats' changes seek to address many concerns Jones and environmentalists have raised, the redline avoids addressing the issue of whether and to what extent a new federal chemicals management law should preempt state regulation of industrial chemicals. The issue has become particularly fraught in the Senate, where Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has made protection of California's extensive chemical regulations in the Senate bill a prerequisite of her support. The House Democrats' redlined draft bill simply says, ‘Strike [Republicans'] ... read more >
April 3, 2014
ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources Releases Five White Papers Regarding TSCA Reform
The American Bar Association's (ABA) Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) has issued five white papers designed to assist stakeholders in the ongoing debate to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The papers are on the following TSCA-related topics: Overview of TSCA Trade Secret and Confidential Business Information Briefing Paper Preemption of Private Rights of Action Under TSCA and TSCA Legislation Briefing Paper Standard for Taking Regulatory Action Under TSCA ("Safety Standard") Briefing Paper Preemption of State Laws and Regulations Briefing ... read more >
January 16, 2014
US Chemical Leak Refocuses Attention on TSCA Adequacy
Lynn L. Bergeson was quoted in a Chemical Watch article on the chemical spill near Charleston, West Virginia: “The spill ‘provides a textbook example of what's wrong with [TSCA],’ says Lynn Bergeson of the law firm Bergeson and Campbell. ‘The paucity of information is the sticking point,’ she says, adding that public officials need access to more data than is currently ... read more >
May 29, 2013
B&C®'s Analysis of the Vitter/Lautenberg TSCA Reform Bill Featured in Inside EPA
Inside EPA featured B&C®’s commentary in an article titled “Early Concerns Hint At Senate Debate Over Bipartisan TSCA Reform Bill.” Read the full commentary, “The Chemical Safety Improvement Act: An In-Depth Review and Analysis,” ... read more >
May 24, 2013
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Quotes Charles M. Auer's Comments on TSCA Reform Legislation
Charles M. Auer, former Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, which is responsible for the implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), was quoted in a press release issued yesterday by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works regarding the introduction of S. 1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, historic bi-partisan TSCA reform legislation. Charlie is affiliated with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and its consulting affiliate The Acta Group. The press release including a link to the full text of ... read more >
April 12, 2013
Lautenberg Reintroduces TSCA Reform Bill Absent GOP Support
Pesticide and Chemical Policy quoted Lynn L. Bergeson in their April 12, 2013 Daily News Alert article on the reintroduced Safe Chemicals Act: “The Lautenberg bill is “the same as it ever was ... and offers no changes from what was passed," says Lynn Bergeson. "It is discouraging there is nothing new." But something new could be coming soon, specifically a Republican proposal to revamp TSCA from Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), the ranking member of the EPW committee. Details have been few and far between, but Vitter has been working on a proposal since the fall (See ... read more >
February 15, 2013
EPA Studies, California Rules May Guide “Risk” Level Absent TSCA Reform
The February 15, 2013, issue of Inside EPA quoted Lynn L. Bergeson extensively. “In lieu of reform legislation clearing Congress, Lynn Bergeson, a TSCA attorney and owner of law firm Bergeson & Campbell, told a recent legal conference that industry lawyers should be closely watching the agency’s first batch of five draft risk assessments, released last month, given that they could serve as an early indication of how EPA’s toxics office will handle risk analyses of existing chemicals — which are currently ‘grandfathered’ under TSCA. The assessments ... read more >
February 14, 2013
Change of Leadership on Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee Unlikely to Affect TSCA Reform Efforts
The February 14, 2013, issue of Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report notes Lynn L. Bergeson “anticipates Lautenberg’s move will not affect the TSCA-reform debate,” in the article “Lautenberg Stepping Down as Chairman Of Panel With TSCA, Superfund Jurisdiction.” “Lautenberg is still a champion of TSCA reform, and will no doubt continue to push for reform. Whether that happens any time soon continues to be doubtful given the lack of movement in the House. Whether a Vitter TSCA bill will jump start the TSCA debate is also unclear, but it should certainly ... read more >
June 24, 2011
Bipartisan Senate TSCA Reform Talks Spur Queries on Lack of EPA Role
The June 24, 2011, issue of Inside EPA quotes Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.'s June 16, 2011, memorandum regarding bipartisan Senate talks concerning reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act ... read more >
June 13, 2011
Support Continues for TSCA Reform, But Consensus on Approach Remains Elusive
The June 13, 2011, issue of BNA Daily Environment Report quotes James V. Aidala regarding the current status of reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act ... read more >
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