Lautenberg Implementation News & Info

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg), which makes important changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) -- the first revision of our domestic chemical management law in 40 years. Stakeholders will need immediately to understand what the "new TSCA" means for their industrial operations and strategically adjust their global operations to the new law.

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.'s (B&C®) lawyers, scientists, regulatory specialists, and business consultants relentlessly participate in and track developments regarding the ongoing TSCA reform implementation efforts, as well as related state regulatory initiatives such as California's Safer Consumer Products Regulations and Green Chemistry Initiative.

This page contains constantly updated links to commentary, analysis, articles, and regulatory documents to help those in the chemical and chemical products industry understand what they need to know about TSCA reform, and what it means to their business.

Upcoming Lautenberg Implementation/TSCA Events

  • 2019 GlobalChem Conference, March 6-8, 2019, Washington, D.C.
    The 2019 GlobalChem Conference offers a valuable opportunity to not only review recent developments in global chemicals management but to also meet and reconnect with your industry peers and key government representatives. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and consulting affiliate The Acta Group (Acta®) are exhibitors.

  • Navigating the PMN Process Under Amended TSCA, March 18, 2019, Las Vegas, Nevada
    The Society for Chemical Hazard Communication's (SCHC) Professional Development Training Program presents "Navigating the Premanufacture Notice (PMN) Process Under the Amended Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)" for regulatory and hazard communication professionals looking to obtain a deeper understanding and practical know-how in TSCA and the PMN preparation process. This workshop will include an overview of the new chemical review process, a detailed discussion on current challenges the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and new chemical innovators face under TSCA and their associated commercial and market impacts, tips PMN submitters should consider to ensure an efficient and surprise-free new chemical review, and a lively discussion on ideas to minimize review time. Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®); Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C; and Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President of B&C®Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), will instruct.

  • The Adhesive and Sealant Council 2019 Annual Spring Convention & Expo, April 8-10, 2019, Philadelphia, PA
    The 2019 ACS Annual Spring Convention & Expo is the largest gathering of adhesive and sealant professionals in North America and includes technical sessions focusing on market trends, technology applications, and regulatory developments. Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) will present “TSCA Implementation: Where Are We At?” B&C is a proud sponsor. 

  • HCPA IMPACT2019, May 1-3, 2019, Washington, D.C.
    The Household & Commercial Products Association's (HCPA) IMPACT2019 mid-year meeting focuses on challenges and opportunities facing the household and commercial products industry. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is a proud sponsor.

  • WEBINAR—New TSCA at 3:  Key Implementation Issues, June 26, 2019
    Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to present the complimentary webinar “New TSCA at 3:  Key Implementation Issues.” Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C; Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C; and Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor, B&C, will present. Registration details to come.

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Lautenberg Implementation Articles by B&C

  • Lynn L. Bergeson, "EPA Issues Final TSCA Fees Rule," Chemical Processing, October 29, 2018.
    On September 27, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final fees rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The final rule largely tracks the proposed rule. The EPA will host a series of webinars focusing on TSCA submissions and fee payments under the final rule. The agency has posted a pre-publication version of the final rule, as well as its response to public comments on the proposed rule.
     
  • Lynn L. Bergeson, "Compliance: CDR Rule Shows Room for Improvement," Chemical Processing, September 19, 2018.
    This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report titled “EPA’s Chemical Data Reporting Rule Largely Implemented as Intended, but Opportunities for Improvement Exist.” The OIG conducted an audit to determine how the EPA is ensuring companies are compliant with the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and whether the EPA uses CDR data to prioritize chemicals for the purpose of identifying their potential risks to human health and the environment. The OIG found that implementing policies for data quality checks will help tailor the information reported to meet the EPA’s needs. This column discusses the report.
     
  • 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.
    Bergeson & Campbell has written extensively about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of the 2016 Amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act occasioned by enactment of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg). On the whole, EPA implementation efforts have been timely, balanced, and defensible. Implementation of Section 5 (new chemicals) revisions has been less successful. To date, the EPA’s approach has impeded the commercialization of more sustainable new chemical technologies and thus has, ironically, extended the market presence of often less- sustainable legacy chemicals. This article was originally published as a three part series analyzing the implementation of TSCA Section 5 and its impact on chemical innovation.
     
  • Lynn L. Bergeson, "The Trump Administration and global chemical issues," Elements, the Magazine of Chemicals Northwest, Summer 2018.
    This article reviews the Trump Administration’s engagement, to date, in key industrial chemical matters, domestically and internationally.  Topics include the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the UN’s Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and Ratification of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
     
  • Lynn L. Bergeson, "The New Administration and International Chemical Issues," Environmental Quality Management, Volume 27, Issue 4, Summer 2018.
    As a candidate and now as president, President Trump has been uncharacteristically predictable in systematically dismantling signature environmental policies of prior administrations and ceding the United States’ leadership in combating climate change to other global powers.
     
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