Kathleen M. Roberts
Senior Regulatory Consultant
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BS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1986


Kathleen M. Roberts is a Senior Regulatory Consultant with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®). She is a recognized expert on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), with over 25 years' experience in engaged advocacy, compliance, and communication activities with industry and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff. 

Ms. Roberts writes and speaks frequently about the opportunities for industry to use TSCA to its competitive advantage and the challenges newer chemicals and technologies sometimes present under TSCA regulations. Her articles have appeared in The Environmental Forum, Industrial Biotechnology, Law 360, and Biofuels Digest, among others. She has presented numerous TSCA workshops and seminars, including at the National Association for Chemical Distributors (NACD) annual meeting, the BIO World Congress, the Chemical Watch U.S. Regulatory Summit, and the inaugural Product Stewardship Society conference. In June 2013, Ms. Roberts was invited to provide expert testimony on understanding the history and impact of TSCA before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.

Prior to joining B&C, Ms. Roberts was a Senior Director with Regulatory and Technical Affairs at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), where she directed strategic efforts in creation of legislative proposals, communication documents, and educational materials. Under ACC's product stewardship programs, she developed guidance materials and performance measures, advocated ACC policies, and provided managerial support to several action groups engaged in regulatory advocacy and public outreach activities. As one of her duties at ACC, she led the TSCA Work Group, identified and executed advocacy strategies on TSCA policies and proposals, and helped to coordinate association efforts on TSCA reform.

She has a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Representative Engagements:

  • Organized, hosted, and participated in a critically important and timely workshop with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding interpretation and policies on byproduct reporting under the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule. The workshop included EPA review of various case studies, and resulted in additional EPA guidance on the CDR.
  • Conducted TSCA compliance audits and follow-up process protocols for small to mid-size companies primarily engaged in importation of chemical substances.
  • Coordinated successful advocacy effort to obtain partial reporting exemption for biodiesel under the CDR.
  • Assisted various chemical industry groups in developing and advocating TSCA legislative reform language.
  • Engaged in comprehensive analysis of new facility manufacturing process flowcharts to identify potential TSCA reporting and recordkeeping obligations.



Lynn L. Bergeson, Charles M. Auer, Co-Editors; Timothy D. Backstrom, Lisa R. Burchi, Lisa M. Campbell, Sheryl L. Dolan, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Margaret R. Graham, Oscar Hernandez, Ph.D., Carla N. Hutton, Kathleen M. Roberts, Contributing Authors, New TSCA: A Guide to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and Its Implementation, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (2017).

Lynn L. Bergeson, Editor; Bethami Auerbach, Lynn L. Bergeson, Lisa R. Burchi, Lisa M. Campbell, Sheryl L. Dolan, Ruth C. Downes-Norriss, Carla N. Hutton, Leslie S. MacDougall, Henry M. Jacoby, Kathleen M. Roberts, Contributing Authors, Global Chemical Control Handbook: A Guide to Chemical Management Programs, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (2014).


Lynn L. Bergeson, Richard E. Engler, Charles M. Auer, and Kathleen M. Roberts, "New Chemicals Under New TSCA—Stalled Commercialization," Bloomberg Environment Insights, September 11-13, 2018.

Kathleen M. Roberts, Kate Shenk, "Proposal for a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Representation and Equivalency Determinations for Renewable and Sustainable Bio-based Chemicals," BRAG/BIO White Paper, April 2018.

Kathleen M. Roberts, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Charles M. Auer, Lynn L. Bergeson, "An Analysis of Section 8 of the New Toxic Substances Control Act," BNA Daily Environment Report, August 9, 2016.

Kathleen M. Roberts, "How to Make Friends and Win EPA Approvals: tips for biobased chemicals," Biofuels Digest, May 28, 2014.

Lynn L. Bergeson, Kathleen M. Roberts, "Promoting Renewable Chemicals," The Environmental Forum, January/February, 2014.

Lynn L. Bergeson, Kathleen M. Roberts, and Heidi B. Lewis, "Why BRAG™ Before You Go to Market? The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG) Helps Companies Commercialize Their Products," Industrial Biotechnology, August 2013.

Lisa R. Burchi, Charles M. Auer, Kathleen M. Roberts, and Lynn L. Bergeson, "Are TSCA Section 8(b)(2) Statutory Mixture Categories Subject to Reporting Under the Chemical Data Reporting Rule?," Bloomberg BNA Toxics Law Reporter, April 12, 2012.

Kathleen M. Roberts, "EPCRA – One Acronym, Many Facets Impacting NACD Membership," Chemical Distributor, January/February 2012.

Lynn L. Bergeson & Kathleen M. Roberts, "Deconstructing EPA’s Chemical Data Reporting Rule," Law360, August 17, 2011.

Charles A. Staples, James B. Williams, Gordon R. Craig, and Kathleen M. Roberts, “Fate, effects and potential environmental risks of ethylene glycol: a review,” Chemosphere, March 2000.

Speaking Engagements:

WEBINAR - The New TSCA Webinar 3: Inventory, CDR, and CBI,” Chemical Watch (September 12, 2016).

"Achieving Critical Policy Changes through Consortia," Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C. (February 19, 2016).

"TSCA: Sea Change on the Horizon," Green Chemistry Clearinghouse Annual Conference, San Francisco, California (September 29, 2015).

"TSCA 2016: General Update and Reporting Requirements," National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) ChemEdge, St. Louis, Missouri (August 13, 2015).

"Regulation of Renewable Chemicals," Northwest Green Chemistry Webinar Series (June 30, 2015).

"Policy Outlook Roundtable," Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2015).

"Current Status of Regulatory Enforcement, Inspections and Fines," National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) Annual meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona (November 20, 2014).

"Reinvigorating, Reimagining and Reinventing TSCA Regulations," Product Stewardship Society, San Antonio, Texas (June 2, 2014).

"Women in Biotechnology," BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy, San Diego, California (December 7, 2014).

"The Biobased Economy and Green Chemistry -- U.S. Regulatory Background," 2nd Annual Chemical Watch U.S. Regulatory Summit, Washington, D.C. (December 2-3, 2014).

"TSCA Reform -- When Will It Come and What Will Happen While We Wait?," ALBC Next 2014, San Francisco, California (November 10-12, 2014).

"The Here and Now of TSCA Regulations on Biobased Chemicals."  Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, San Diego, California (December 10, 2013).

"Safer Product Groups & Sustainable Brands Perspectives on Current & Future Policy," 3rd Safer Consumer Products Summit - National Policy Outlook, Washington, D.C. (September 17-19, 2013).

"Commercializing Renewable Chemicals and TSCA: Getting To Yes." Workshop at the 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Montreal, Canada (June 18, 2013).

Provided expert testimony at the hearing: "Title 1 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): Understanding its History and Reviewing its Impact" convened by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2013).

"Commercializing Renewable Chemicals: What You Need To Know About TSCA." Webinar presented by the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Consortium (BRAG™) and the Society for the Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology (June 12, 2013).

"Home and Personal Care Value Chain: Leaning on the Supply Chain for Data Sharing and Innovative new Chemicals and Formulations," Safer Consumer Products Summit, San Francisco, California (April 3, 2013).

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