B&C News: Nanotechnology

April 7, 2015
BNA Daily Environment Report Coverage of Science & the Congress Briefing Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson
The April 7, 2015, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report story "Innovation Outpacing Regulatory Systems; Modernized TSCA, New Data Said to Help," reported on "21st Century Understanding of Chemicals," a congressional briefing hosted by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Science & the Congress Project.  Lynn L. Bergeson’s comments at the congressional briefing were quoted.   The Environmental Protection Agency has taken eight times longer to approve new nanoengineered chemicals than new chemicals made with traditional technologies and feedstocks, an attorney specializing in ... read more >
March 26, 2015
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in BNA Daily Environment Report Article on Nanoscale Chemicals Rule
In a March 26, 2015 story on EPA’s proposed rule regarding reporting requirements for companies that make or process nanoengineered chemicals, “Chemical Manufacturers, Processors To Report Basic Data Under EPA Proposal,” Lynn L. Bergeson was quoted.  In a break from previous data-collection rules, the proposed rule would apply to both chemical manufacturers and chemical processors, Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell P.C., told Bloomberg BNA in a March 25 e-mail. Processors, which purchase chemicals to mix them into preparations that are ... read more >
March 23, 2015
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Features Comments from Lynn L. Bergeson on Proposed Nanoscale Data-Collection
In the article "OMB Clears Proposed Data-Collection Rule by EPA After More Than Four Years of Review,"  Daily Environment Report quoted B&C Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson : Bergeson said she has heard that vague terms such as "novel properties" and "trace amounts" have been suggested for inclusion in the proposal as the data collection rule was reviewed by various agencies and federal offices. The use of such unclear terms could pose legal and regulatory challenges for the EPA, said Bergeson, who routinely briefs the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association about ... read more >
March 16, 2015
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Work on Nanotech Risks Gets Increasing Investment in Obama’s Fiscal 2016 Budget”
The increasing share of government investment in understanding the environmental, safety and health implications reflects the rise in the commercialization of nanotechnology and the penetration of nano-enhanced products in industry and the marketplace, nanotechnology law and policy specialists told Bloomberg BNA. ‘‘As the commercial applications of nanotechnology have increased and as the federal government has become more engaged, agencies have been very clear about the need for targeted, focused investment in environmental, safety and health for data development, protocols and analytic ... read more >
November 3, 2014
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Story "Silicon Carbide Can Cause Cancer in Workers If Made With Traditional Process, IARC Finds"
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Lynn L. Bergeson in an October 31, 2014 article on silicon carbide. “Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell P.C., which has tracked global developments of policies and regulations for nanotechnologies, said IARC’s conclusions about carbon nanotubes reflect the state of the science as it exists today and are thus necessarily limited. ‘The good news is there is no data at this time to suggest carbon nanotubes cause cancer,’ she said. The information, however, suggests continued vigilance and diligent ... read more >
October 20, 2014
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Chemical Regulation Reporter Story "Nearly All New Nanoengineered Chemicals Regulated by EPA Due to Potential Risks"
Bloomberg BNA Chemical Regulation Reporter featured comments on the use of nanoengineered chemicals by Lynn L. Bergeson in an October 16, 2014, article covering a webinar on nanotechnology issues offered by the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA). "Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell P.C., who participated in the A&WMA's webinar, pointed to an example of a beneficial use of a nanoengineered chemical. The day of the webinar, the EPA announced the winners of the 19th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, she said. These included quantum ... read more >
October 14, 2014
Imminent Events of Note in Nanotechnology, Biobased Chemicals, California Safer Consumer Products, and Chemical Regulation Globally
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are proud to be sponsors, presenters, and/or exhibitors at a select number of special events this Fall that will present focused education and guidance on key issues: WEBINAR -- Regulation of Nanotechnology: Practical Information for Industry, Researchers and Other Stakeholders, October 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (EDT) This webinar, presented by the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), will feature James Alwood and Kenneth Moss of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ... read more >
October 8, 2014
Lynn L. Bergeson quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report story "EPA Withdraws Nanomaterial Reporting Rule From OMB Review, Sends New Proposal"
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson in an October 8, 2014 story regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent withdrawal of a reporting rule regarding nanoscale materials that it submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) four years ago, and the significant new use rule (SNUR) it proposed the same day as the withdrawal (RIN No. 2070-AJ54). ‘‘ ‘Some of us had speculated that EPA had given up the ghost,’ attorney Lynn Bergeson, who frequently handles toxic chemical issues, told Bloomberg BNA. ... read more >
September 10, 2014
Lynn L. Bergeson quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Story "EPA 'Open for Business' on Nanosilver, Administrative, Enforcement Actions Indicate."
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent conditional registration of HeiQ’s nanosilver pesticide to be used on textiles. In the article, Bergeson is quoted as saying “the relevance of HeiQ is not just that the EPA approved a single application under the terms of FIFRA. It also telegraphs that EPA is open for business for the purposes of reviewing applications. That’s a big deal.” The article goes on to report that EPA has proposed more conditional registrations for ... read more >
September 10, 2014
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Silver Sponsor of SRA Nano Risk Analysis (II)
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is proud to once again be sponsoring an SRA Nano Workshop in conjunction with the Emerging Nanoscale Materials Specialty Group of the Society for Risk Analysis. Nano Risk Analysis (II) will be held September 15-16, 2014, at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and it is not too late to join in: walk-up registrations are welcome. B&C's Jane S. Vergnes, Ph.D., DABT®, Senior Toxicologist, and J. Brian Xu, M.D., Ph.D., DABT®, Toxicologist, will attend. This workshop seeks to elaborate shared strengths and gaps in ... read more >
August 26, 2014
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Contributes Chapter to Biointeractions of Nanomaterials
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., (B&C®) is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson and the late Michael F. Cole prepared a chapter in a new book, Biointeractions of Nanomaterials, which covers a wide range of issues associated with the safety of nanomaterials in biological systems. The book, published on July 29, 2014, by CRC Press, addresses issues related to the toxicity and safety of nanomaterials and nanosystems, and covers a range of interactions in biological systems, specifically focusing on the tools and methods used for evaluation, including in vivo and in ... read more >
August 20, 2014
Overview and Inquiry into European Nano Registries Featured in Natural Resources & Environment
Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Meglena Mihova, Managing Partner of EPPA SA, have published an article in the Summer 2014 issue of Natural Resources & Environment, the magazine of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER), entitled: "Nanomaterials and Public Disclosure: Are European Nano Product Registries the Answer?" In the article, Ms. Bergeson and Ms. Mihova propose that: "Nano product registries in Europe are the newest twist to satiating the public's relentless ... read more >
August 19, 2014
Webinar to Present a Worldwide Review of the Most Important Existing and Emerging Governance Issues in Nanotechnology
Thursday, August 21, 2014, 8:00 a.m. (PDT) -- 11:00 a.m. (EDT) -- 4:00 p.m. (BST) Compliance & Risks will present a complimentary webinar this Thursday to inform and educate participants about the latest developments in the regulation of nanotechnology and nanomaterials. There is no charge for the webinar, though online registration is required. Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and an internationally renowned expert on issues of governance, regulation, and policy regarding nanotechnology, biotechnology, and other emerging ... read more >
June 27, 2014
Lynn L. Bergeson focus of Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report story "FDA Oversight May Be Required for New, Altered Chemicals, Products, Attorney Says."
Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report reported on Lynn L. Bergeson’s comments regarding final nanotechnology guidances released by the Food and Drug Administration. “The guidances reaffirm the FDA’s position that it has sufficient statutory authorities and policies to oversee the safety of products it regulates, Bergeson said. She expanded on that perspective in a memo her law firm issued. The FDA also restated its view that nanotechnology isn’t inherently safe or harmful, but that specific characteristics of individual products determine safety or harmfulness, ... read more >
February 11, 2014
Lynn L. Bergeson Participates in Congressionally-Requested Forum on Nanomanufacturing, Which Is Summarized in New GAO Report
On February 7, 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled Nanomanufacturing: Emergence and Implications for U.S. Competitiveness, the Environment, and Human Health, which provides highlights from a Congressionally-requested forum on specific issues in nanotechnology manufacturing that was held July 23-24, 2013. The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology asked the GAO and the National Academies to convene the forum and elicit the views of a group of leading experts, including Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. ... read more >
September 12, 2013
Better Risk Assessments, Regulation Needed As Nanomaterials Proliferate
The September 12, 2013 issue of Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report included comments made by Lynn L. Bergeson during her “Nanomaterials: Global Governance Initiatives” Presentation: “The global growing use of nanomaterials demands a better understanding of risks and sensible governance strategies as businesses confront questions regarding product liability and worker compensation, speakers said at the Chemcon Asia 2013 conference in Seoul. Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at Bergeson & Campbell, a U.S.-based environmental law firm, described the ‘many global ... read more >
July 16, 2013
Lynn L. Bergeson to speak at the General Accounting Office (GAO) Comptroller General Forum on Nanotechnology Manufacturing
Lynn L. Bergeson has been invited to give a presentation on “Nanomanufacturing and the Environment” at a Congressionally-requested forum conducted by GAO with the assistance of the National Academies. The goal of the forum, to be held July 23 - 24, 2013, in Washington, D.C., is to help Congress and the United States keep pace with the potentially transformative, fast moving wave of future developments in ... read more >
April 26, 2013
USA Today Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson in Article on NIOSH’s Nanotech Safety Guidelines
The April 26, 2013, edition of USA Today featured commentary from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Managing Partner Lynn L. Bergeson regarding the release this week by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) 65 Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers: “The industry has been extremely cautious and set high standards for itself, says Lynn Bergeson, who works with the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, an industry group in Shelton, Conn. While the new guidelines are ‘pretty ... read more >
March 20, 2013
Industry Consortium for Environmental Measurement of Nanomaterials Publishes Practical Nano Measurement Guide
Washington, D.C. (March 20, 2013): The Industry Consortium for Environmental Measurement of Nanomaterials (ICEMN) announced today the release of a series of articles to serve as a practical guide for state and federal regulatory agencies tasked with measuring engineered nanomaterials in the environment. The articles, published in the March 2013 special issue of Environmental Engineering Sciences, were prepared by academic and industrial scientists from ICEMN and focus on the techniques and issues around nanomaterial measurement in water, air, and soil. The series of articles collates ... read more >
December 7, 2012
ChemCon Presentation on Global Nanoscale Governance and Initiatives Now Available
“Chemical data is the new currency globally,” said Lynn L. Bergeson during a session on REACH at ChemCon The Americas December 5, 2012, during which Ms. Bergeson took attendees through the latest global initiatives involving diverse aspects of nanoscale materials. As reported in ChemCon Daily, her presentation “provoked questions about how to prevent companies using data that they do not own for purposes other than that for which it was originally submitted. There are many potential pitfalls for companies that do not carefully address their rights to use data e.g. REACH ... read more >
October 26, 2012
EU Advocates Seek Stronger Regulation of Nanomaterials, Warn of Possible Backlash
The October 26, 2012, issue of Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quotes Lynn L. Bergeson, who commented on the letter a coalition of European environmental and consumer advocates sent to the European Commission (EC), urging it to increase regulatory oversight of nanomaterials and mandate data ... read more >
September 28, 2012
Nanotech Stakeholders Share Insights and Identify Opportunities at Workshop Organized by the California Nanotechnology Industry Network, a B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. Group
Nanotechnology is poised to be a key driver of economic growth in California in the next decade according to the scientists, government specialists, and international business leaders who spoke at the "Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology" workshop on September 25, 2012. Hosted by the University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology and held at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, the workshop presented current research and science, both federal and non-governmental programs to support nanotechnology, ... read more >
September 21, 2012
Clean Water Groups Call for Analysis of Nanosilver’s Environmental Impacts
The September 21, 2012, issue of Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report describes comments from the Silver Nanotechnology Working Group, filed by the law firm Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., that request that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA defer the start of the registration review on nanosilver until the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) completes an evaluation of new scientific ... read more >
August 24, 2012
Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology
The California Nanotechnology Industry Network (CalNIN) wishes to inform you of an important upcoming workshop, "Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology."  The workshop, scheduled for September 25, 2012, is organized by B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM) and CalNIN, and is hosted by the UCLA Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN).  The workshop will be held at the California NanoSystems Institute Building at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. Speakers To provide important information on the ... read more >
August 22, 2012
Lynn L. Bergeson Will Chair Session at Newly-Organized Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C), B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), and The Acta Group (Acta) are pleased to announce that Lynn L. Bergeson will chair a session of the first Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) conference, which will be held November 4-6, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia. The conference will address the critical aspects of sustainable nanotechnology, including lifecycle assessment, green synthesis, green energy, food and agriculture, nanomedicine, industrial nanotechnology, environmental and biological fate, and the overall sustainability of ... read more >
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