All Things Chemical™ Podcast

April 15, 2021
What will the Biden Trade Plan look like? — A Conversation with Daniella Taveau
This week, I sat down with Daniella Taveau, a Regulatory and Global Trade Strategist and the founder of Bold Text Strategies.  As a former International Trade Negotiator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Daniella represented the United States in all U.S. Free Trade Agreements and before the World Trade Organization, the United Nations (U.N.) Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.  Daniella also served as an International Policy Analyst with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Given Daniella’s rich background on global ... read more >
April 1, 2021
Changes to Safety Data Sheets in the EU and what it might mean for US Businesses — A Conversation with Karin Baron
This week I sat down with Karin Baron, Senior Regulatory Consultant to B&C and our affiliated consultancy, The Acta Group, to discuss the European Union’s (EU) Commission Regulation issued last June relating to the completion of safety data sheets (SDS).  As listeners know, SDSs are critically important commercial documents that describe the hazards identified with a particular chemical product or mixture as it makes  its way in commerce.  While this is an EU rule, Karin explains why the new regulation has important consequences for U.S. businesses. ALL ... read more >
March 18, 2021
Is Everything Carcinogenic? — A Conversation with Jane S. Vergnes, Ph.D. and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.
This week, I sat down with Dr. Jane Vergnes, Director of Toxicology and Vice President, Scientific Affairs, here at B&C and its consulting affiliate, The Acta Group (Acta®), and Dr. Richard Engler, Director of Chemistry, at B&C and Acta.  We discussed the provocative question “is everything carcinogenic?”  In asking this question, Jane and Rich discuss the marketing and labeling implications of a cancer classification for a chemical substance found as an ingredient in a consumer or industrial product.  In today’s “informed ... read more >
March 4, 2021
What’s happening with GHS and OSHA? — A Conversation with Karin Baron
This week I sat down with Karin Baron, Senior Regulatory Consultant to B&C and our affiliated consultancy, The Acta Group, to discuss the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  Listeners know GHS is the non-mandatory framework intended to aid in identifying, classifying, and communicating information on the hazards of chemicals or substances for occupational, consumer, and environmental exposures.  Despite the “harmonization” part in GHS, there continue to be significant areas of non-harmonization on a global scale that ... read more >
February 18, 2021
How will the New Administration affect the EPA? — A Conversation with James Aidala and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.
This week, I sat down with Jim Aidala, Senior Government Affairs Consultant, and Dr. Richard Engler, Director of Chemistry, at B&C and its consulting affiliate, The Acta Group.  As both of these gentlemen previously worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Jim as former Assistant Administrator of that office and Rich as a senior chemist and head of the Green Chemistry Division, each has a keen sense of how EPA prepares for and transitions to a new Administration.  After reviewing how a new Administration ... read more >
February 4, 2021
How will the Biden Administration Interpret Amended TSCA? — A Conversation with Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.
A change in Administration invites a sense of both excitement and anxiety.  Nowhere is this ambivalence more present that in the minds of regulated entities subject to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  After four years of the Trump Administration’s implementation of the many TSCA amendments occasioned by Lautenberg, regulated entities and other stakeholders have come to understand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) interpretation of revised TSCA.  Not everyone agrees with these views, but they are known.  What is unclear is whether the ... read more >
January 21, 2021
One Last Conversation with EPA Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dunn
This week I had my final visit with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dunn.  As many of our listeners know, Alex Dunn lead the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and was responsible for implementing the nation’s industrial and agricultural chemical laws, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), respectively.  Alex has done a superb job since taking office in early 2019, and her steady hand in managing TSCA implementation and a ... read more >
January 7, 2021
What Happened with the Presidential Election Last Year? — A Conversation with Howard Gutman
This week I sat down with my friend and colleague, Howard Gutman, who served as Ambassador to Belgium in the Obama Administration and is now a consultant for global businesses.  Ambassador Gutman addresses a broad range of timely and important topics, including the 2020 elections and what happened exactly, and what CEOs should be thinking about because of the change in Administration, both for U.S.-based and foreign-based businesses.  Given Ambassador Gutman’s unique view of global business, we also touch upon the European Union’s precautionary principle and ... read more >
December 17, 2020
Product Stewardship and Circular Economy — A Conversation with Kate Sellers
This week I was thrilled to sit down with Kate Sellers, Technical Director at ERM, where Kate leads multidisciplinary teams to help clients meet their business goals through product stewardship and sustainability initiatives.  Kate is immediate past President of the Product Stewardship Society and one of the country’s most visionary leaders in the area of product stewardship.  Kate counsels some of the largest companies in the world on optimizing business practices to producer better, safer products in a sustainable and efficient way.  I have known Kate for years, ... read more >
December 3, 2020
TSCA and Environmental Justice — A Conversation with Former OPPT Director Jeffery T. Morris, Ph.D.
This week I sat down with Dr. Jeff Morris, immediate past Director of EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), the EPA office that regulates industrial chemicals.  Jeff is now a principal of Jeff Morris Solutions LLC, a consulting firm helping entities navigate the complexities of industrial chemical regulation.  While at EPA, Jeff directed the Agency’s implementation of the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S. law regulating industrial chemicals, and headed the office most immediately impacted by the significant ... read more >
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