B&C News: TSCA

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 >
October 16, 2019
WEBINAR -- Value Chain Communications Required under TSCA Consent Orders and SNURs
Value Chain Communications Required under TSCA Consent Orders and SNURs: How to Formulate Them and Optimize Their Value   Wednesday, November 13, 2019 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EST)   Available On Demand   The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act) revised the new chemicals review process and existing chemicals risk evaluation scheme.  These changes have triggered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of many more restrictions on chemical substances, necessitating a broad range of risk communications to ... read more >
October 10, 2019
“All Things Chemical™ Podcast Episode "Food Quality, New TSCA, and Much More: A Conversation with Dean Lynn Goldman"
This week, I sat down with Dean Lynn Goldman, the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Dr. Goldman is widely regarded as one of the most influential public health physicians of our time and served as Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1993 through 1998 under President Bill Clinton.  During her tenure, Dr. Goldman and her team are credited with implementing the 1996 amendments to our nation’s pesticide law, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and ... read more >
September 5, 2019
Celebrating the Environmental Law Institute’s 50th Anniversary with President Scott Fulton
This week, I sat down with Scott Fulton, President of the Environmental Law Institute, on the occasion of ELI’s 50th anniversary. Scott is ELI’s 5th President. As a former ELI Board member myself and a practicing lawyer in the environmental space, I have known Scott for years given his many high profile roles as a former EPA General Counsel, Assistant Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, among other prominent positions. In our conversation, Scott explains the various lines of work in which the ELI is currently engaged, how ... read more >
July 18, 2019
WEBINAR - New TSCA at 3:  Key Implementation Issues
  New TSCA at 3:  Key Implementation Issues   Thursday, July 25, 2019 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EDT)    Register Today Overview:   This one-hour webinar will build upon the Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.-sponsored “TSCA:  Three Years Later” one-day conference, co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health on June 24, 2019.  The webinar will drill down on key implementation challenges facing industry and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) three ... read more >
June 28, 2019
“TSCA: Three Years Later” Conference Looks to the Past and into the Future
On June 24, 2019, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GWU) presented “TSCA: Three Years Later,” a day-long conference with leading experts exploring the current impacts of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) on science policies, challenges faced by industry, and the impacts of TSCA on regulatory policies, especially those concerning ensuring compliance and enforcement. A recording of the full conference is available online.   During her ... read more >
June 20, 2019
Environmental Compliance and Enforcement with Environmental Integrity Projects’ Eric Schaeffer
This week, I sat down with a highly-regarded member of the environmental NGO community, Eric Schaeffer, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Environmental Integrity Project, which he co-founded in 2002. Previously, Eric worked for more than a decade at EPA, including a five-year stint as the Director of EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement, which, as you will hear in our conversation, was a very formative time for his thinking. At a time when some news outlets and EPA detractors are reporting environmental enforcement numbers to be at historic lows, Eric and I had ... read more >
May 22, 2019
Registration Now Open For “TSCA: Three Years Later”
  Register Today Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health are pleased to present the one day conference “TSCA: Three Years Later” on June 24, 2019. Panelists Alexandra Dunn, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Lynn R. Goldman, Michael and Lori Milken Dean and Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George ... read more >
April 26, 2019
Lynn L. Bergeson Quoted by Bloomberg Environment in Article “Chemical Rule Sent Back to EPA on Trade Secret Concerns”
On April 26, 2019, Bloomberg Environment quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling that a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule failed to require chemical manufacturers to sufficiently prove that they have protected their chemical’s secret identity from discovery through reverse engineering. The requirement for companies to substantiate their claims that they have taken steps to prevent their chemicals’ discovery through reverse engineering ... read more >
April 23, 2019
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson and Kathleen M. Roberts, Included in Bloomberg Environment Article Regarding EPA Chemical Reporting Proposal
On April 23, 2019, Bloomberg Environment featured comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President of B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), in the article “EPA Proposal May Not Streamline Chemical Reporting After All.” Attorneys and other industry consultants told Bloomberg Environment the agency’s proposal would be a mixed bag in terms of saved time. […] Companies would have to spend time learning new codes under an international system the EPA ... read more >
April 3, 2019
B&C Launches TSCA Tutor™ Modular Training Platform
          Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce an exciting and important new component to our suite of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) offerings. Our TSCA Tutor™ training platform provides live in-person training at a company’s site, live online training, and pre-recorded webinar training modules -- all designed to offer expert, efficient, and essential TSCA training. Companies can mix and match training modules and training approaches to provide the most suitable combination for their work needs. B&C ... read more >
March 22, 2019
Save The Date - June 24, 2019 - New TSCA at 3 Special Event
SAVE THE DATE   New TSCA At Three   Wednesday, June 24, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EDT)  Milken Institute School of Public Health George Washington University 950 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Join the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) for a one-day conference providing updates and insights regarding year three of the federal government’s implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act that ... read more >
March 20, 2019
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments by Kathleen M. Roberts Regarding EPA’s High Priority Chemical Determinations
On March 20, 2019, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Kathleen M. Roberts, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and vice president of B&C® Consortia Management LLC (BC-CM), for the article “Industry Advisers Back EPA Strategy on Chemical Vetting.” Looking at several chemicals that serve a similar commercial function can help industry provide the EPA with what it needs to sort the 40 chemicals into the two categories […] For example, the hazards and uses of chemicals in a group will tend to be similar […] It also makes ... read more >
March 1, 2019
Inside EPA Quotes B&C’s Forecast 2019 in the Article “EPA submits TSCA CBI proposal for White House review”
On March 1, 2019, Inside EPA quoted Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2019 regarding ongoing lawsuits that could foreshadow future challenges to the CBI proposal. The law firm Bergeson & Campbell says in its “Forecast 2019” publication that environmentalists' ongoing lawsuit on EPA's “Inventory notification rule … may presage a challenge to the CBI review rule.” The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) claims that EPA’s 2017 inventory notification rule ... read more >
February 28, 2019
Comments by Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., included in Bloomberg Environment Article Regarding Worker Safeguards
On February 28, 2019, Bloomberg Environment 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, in the article “Chemical Law’s Worker Safeguards Ditched by EPA, Advocates Say.” Safety data sheets impose obligations on employers, said Richard E. Engler, director of chemistry for the Bergeson & Campbell PC law firm. The firm manages the TSCA New Chemicals Coalition in which chemical manufacturers share experiences with and concerns about the ... read more >
February 20, 2019
Inside EPA Includes Quotes from James V. Aidala Regarding Alexandra Dunn’s Implementation of TSCA
On February 20, 2019, Inside EPA featured comments by James V. Aidala, Senior Government Affairs Consultant with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), in the article “New EPA Toxics Chief Seeks To Quell Critics As Agency Implements TSCA.” Jim Aidala, a former EPA toxics chief in the Clinton administration who is now with Bergeson & Campbell, said that Dunn’s confirmation will help the agency navigate its heavy workload in implementing the new law, even as the agency will face stepped-up oversight from House lawmakers and possible criticism from Democratic ... read more >
February 5, 2019
Inside EPA Features Recent B&C TSCAblogTM Post in “ADAO Asks EPA To Reconsider Asbestos Petition Denial, States File Petition” Article
On February 5, 2019, Inside EPA quoted Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) TSCAblogTM post “Attorneys General Petition EPA to Issue Asbestos Reporting Rule” regarding a state petition for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue an asbestos reporting rule under TSCA Section 8(a). The law firm Bergeson & Campbell writes in a Feb. 1 post on its TSCAblog that the states' “petition cites EPA’s denial” of the advocates' petition “seeking similar action that the Attorneys General are ... read more >
January 29, 2019
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted By Inside EPA Regarding EPA’s Increased Backlog of Chemical Applications
On January 29, 2019, Inside EPA quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), in the article “EPA Faces New Backlog Of Chemical Applications After Shutdown Ends.” A draft framework the agency crafted in 2017 to speed PMN reviews drew widespread criticisms from environmentalists and others, forcing Wheeler to pledge late last year that the agency would reconsider the most recent draft review plan. But the shutdown will bring a new backlog of PMNs now that the agency has reopened. “They had the backlog ... read more >
January 24, 2019
Chemical Watch Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding the Impact of the Shutdown on TSCA Statutory Deadlines
On January 24, 2019, Chemical Watch spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “Shutdown-related delays could compromise TSCA statutory deadlines.” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at Bergeson & Campbell, said that the shutdown is stretching the limits of what the EPA is capable of completing in terms of TSCA implementation. "I am concerned simply because we all live in the real world, and we have people who are now, by law, not able to work," she said. "Even for ... read more >
January 18, 2019
Inside EPA Features Excerpts of B&C’s Informative Forecast 2019
On January 18, 2019, Inside EPA extensively quoted Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) Forecast 2019 in the article “EPA Shutdown Stymies Looming TSCA Assessment, Rule Deadlines.” Observers are also waiting for EPA to publish its updated TSCA inventory, the list of all existing chemicals, after receiving submissions from industry on which chemicals are deemed active -- manufactured, processed or imported within the past decade -- or inactive. Its publication will start a clock on yet another rulemaking. EPA's framework rule on the TSCA inventory and ... read more >
January 18, 2019
Inside EPA Features Comments by Kathleen M. Roberts Regarding Implementation of TSCA Fee Structure
On January 18, 2019, Inside EPA spoke with Kathleen M. Roberts, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “EPA's Fee Rule Takes Effect Without Suit, A First For TSCA Framework.” Kathleen Roberts, a senior regulatory consultant at the law firm Bergeson & Campbell, suggested that the clarity of the statute regarding fees dissuaded critics from challenging EPA's final rule. “I believe that there were no challenges because the legislative language is very clear as to how much EPA could collect in TSCA fees. The ... read more >
January 16, 2019
Chemical Watch Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding the Impact of the Shutdown on TSCA New Chemical Reviews
On January 16, 2019, Chemical Watch spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “Shutdown spells further delays to TSCA new chemicals reviews.” "Until we have information from the agency, we are more or less assuming that [new chemical review processes] are all suspended, Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at Bergeson & Campbell, told Chemical Watch. And the fear for many is that the shutdown will exacerbate an already overtaxed new chemicals review process, compromising the ability for ... read more >
January 11, 2019
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments by Kathleen M. Roberts Regarding Delayed CDR Rule
On January 11, 2019, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Kathleen M. Roberts, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “Chemical Makers’ Data Duties Delayed by Shutdown.” “Assuming the proposed changes are not major, the delay in releasing the proposed [Chemical Data Reporting] rule is an inconvenience rather than a block impeding chemical manufacturers ability to do business,” said Kathleen M. Roberts, a vice president at Bergeson and Campbell, P.C. in Washington, D.C. “The delay may cost chemical ... read more >
January 7, 2019
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., in the Article “Wheeler Pledges More ‘Sunshine’ on Chemical Oversight”
On January 7, 2019, Bloomberg Environment quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C, regarding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s pledge to make public more information about chemical safety decisions. Richard Engler, director of chemistry at Bergeson & Campbell PC, described Wheeler’s promises as reflecting “EPA’s commitment to fulfilling its responsibilities with regard to transparency in EPA’s TSCA ... read more >
December 20, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding Potential Impacts Of A Government Shutdown On The EPA Chemical Program
On December 20, 2018, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “‘Calamitous’ Harm Possible for EPA Chemical Program in Shutdown.” Shutting the government down could have particularly severe effects on the EPA’s oversight of chemicals in commerce and further delay the entry of new chemicals onto the market, two attorneys specializing in chemical policy told Bloomberg Environment. “If a shutdown were to occur—any shutdown of any length—would ... read more >
December 19, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding EPA’s 2019 Chemical Rules Outlook
On December 19, 2018, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “2019 Outlook: ‘Most Active Year Yet’ Looms on EPA Chemical Rules.” The EPA didn’t reply to a question about how many people are working in its chemicals office but said it was allowed to hire up to 340 in fiscal year 2018, an increase from 311 in the previous year. The agency said it couldn’t comment on how many people it will have in fiscal year 2019 until Congress decides on the EPA budget. But the ... read more >
November 26, 2018
Inside EPA References B&C Memorandum On EPA’s First Draft TSCA Risk Evaluation
On November 26, 2018, Inside EPA included information from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) memorandum “EPA Publishes First Draft TSCA Chemical Risk Evaluation” in the article “EPA's PV29 Assessment Likely to Test Reformed TSCA's Data Standards.” In a Nov. 16 memo on the draft's release, the law firm Bergeson and Campbell suggests that there may be little reason to challenge the agency's finding though it leaves the door open to questioning the data EPA relied on. The draft “appears to cover all of the key elements ... read more >
November 13, 2018
Charles M. Auer Quoted In Inside EPA Article “Congress Gears Up For TSCA Oversight But Bipartisan Prospects Limited”
On November 13, 2018, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Inside EPA regarding Congress’ plan to oversee the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). “There may be some bipartisan oversight on nuts and bolts questions. But my guess is that each side will generally focus questions on 'their' issues and concerns,” says Charles Auer, a former EPA toxics official who now serves as the senior regulatory and policy ... read more >
November 12, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Interviewed By Rebecca Hersher of Morning Edition
On November 12, 2018, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry for Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was featured on National Public Radio’s (NPR) morning news program “Morning Edition” during a segment on the chemical methylene chloride.  Reporter Rebecca Hersher asked Dr. Engler, a 17-year veteran of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) and leader of EPA's Green Chemistry Program, about EPA’s review of methylene chloride and proposed restrictions to consumer use of the ... read more >
November 6, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted By Bloomberg Environment in “Chemical Rule Deluge May Catch Companies Off Guard”
On November 6, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding new chemical rules. Before 2016, the EPA took regulatory action on 10-15 percent of new chemicals, clearing the way for 85-90 percent of new compounds to proceed without restrictions, Richard Engler, Bergeson and Campbell PC’s director of chemistry, said. But since the amendments to the nation’s primary chemicals law passed in June 2016, those proportions have switched, he has said. If this trend continues, more firms ... read more >
November 5, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted By Bloomberg Environment Regarding Recent Chemical Rules
On November 5, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), in the article “More Sales, Broader Safeguards May Follow Chemical Rule Deluge.” The rules broaden sales opportunities for both the companies that designed these chemicals and ones that want to make or use them, Richard Engler, who was a chemist at the Environmental Protection Agency for 17 years, told Bloomberg Environment. […] The EPA’s release of the new use rules is good news for the original manufacturers, said ... read more >
October 18, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted By Inside EPA in “Despite Suggestion, EPA Floats First SNURs Using Streamlined Framework”
On October 18, 2018, Inside EPA quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), regarding the B&C memorandum “EPA Proposes SNURs that Break New Ground under Amended TSCA.” Industry attorneys are welcoming the agency's approach, suggesting it sets a precedent for future agency action. “The proposed SNUR is interesting, important, and controversial, as this is the first time under the new law for which EPA is proposing to apply SNUR authority to non-[enforcement] order . . . cases,” the Bergeson & ... read more >
October 16, 2018
Inside EPA Quotes B&C’s “EPA Issues Final TSCA Fees Rule” Memorandum
On October 16, 2018, Inside EPA quoted Bergeson & Campbell P.C.'s (B&C®) memorandum “EPA Issues Final TSCA Fees Rule” in the article “EPA finalizes TSCA fees rule but legal challenges possible.” A Sept. 28 memo from the law firm Bergeson & Campbell notes that “the final rule will apply to all submissions that are received starting October 1, 2018. EPA stated that it will invoice affected companies within 30 days of the effective date.” […] Bergeson & Campbell in its memo “appreciate[s] the regulatory and ... read more >
October 12, 2018
Fall 2018 Regulatory, Testing, and Policy Trends for Chemical Consortia
Now more than ever, chemical industry stakeholders with shared business and advocacy interests are urged to consider collaborating on regulatory, testing, and related advocacy opportunities. Two years post-passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act means the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is well underway with implementation of the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).      Industry groups that are already established and working efficiently when EPA initiates an action under TSCA will be most successful in nimbly and ... read more >
October 1, 2018
Product Stewardship Society President-Elect Lynn L. Bergeson Moderates “Drivers of Product Stewardship” of Product Stewardship 2018
On September 29, 2018, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and President-Elect of the Product Stewardship Society (PSS) moderated the closing session, “Drivers of Product Stewardship: The Role of Regulations, Private Governance, and Managing,” at the 2018 Product Stewardship Conference in Washington D.C. This conference addressed global safety, environmental, and regulatory challenges by bringing together prominent professionals to present and discuss global emerging issues, case studies, practical experiences, and new developments. ... read more >
September 20, 2018
B&C and Bloomberg BNA Present “TSCA Confidential Business Information and Generic Naming: Analyzing the New Rules” Webinar
On September 18, 2018, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Bloomberg BNA presented “TSCA Confidential Business Information and Generic Naming: Analyzing the New Rules,” the fourth webinar in the 2018 Chemical Policy Summit Series. The presenters noted that protecting confidential business information (CBI), including chemical identity, has never been easy but remains an essential component of a successful commercial chemical strategy, and cautioned that amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 14 is much more prescriptive about what can and cannot be ... read more >
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