Biobased and Renewable Products News: TSCA

November 10, 2017
B&C, BCCM Publish Article On Microbial TSCA Compliance
Industrial Biotechnology recently published a special issue to highlight the advances and challenges in algae-based products and applications.  The article, written by B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) Managing Partner, Lynn L. Bergeson; B&C Senior Chemist, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.; and BCCM Manager, Lauren M. Graham, Ph.D., examines the complex regulatory domain and discusses the significance and implications of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for industrialized microorganisms, such as algae.  The ... read more >
June 23, 2017
Richard E. Engler Presents On TSCA And Its Effects On Renewable Feedstocks At 2017 GC&E
On June 15, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), presented at Products as Solutions to Real-World Sustainability Challenges: Incentives & Barriers, a session at the 2017 Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E).  Dr. Engler’s presentation, “TSCA, its effects on renewable feedstocks, and how TSCA reform has changed things,” provided an overview of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and aspects of TSCA reform that impact green chemistry, including both biobased materials and sourcing from ... read more >
March 9, 2017
Kathleen M. Roberts And Richard E. Engler Present At ABLC2017
On March 2, 2017, Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), participated as a panelist alongside four other trade associations in the “Domestic Policy Forum” at the 2017 Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC2017).  Ms. Roberts discussed the challenges facing the bioeconomy, including the implementation of the amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), issues with the TSCA nomenclature system, and the potential for increased scrutiny of renewable products under the current Administration, as ... read more >
January 26, 2017
Lynn L. Bergeson And Charles M. Auer Publish “An Analysis of TSCA Reform Provisions Pertinent to Industrial Biotechnology Stakeholders”
Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with B&C, have published “An Analysis of TSCA Reform Provisions Pertinent to Industrial Biotechnology Stakeholders,” in Industrial Biotechnology. This article discusses how the “New [Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)] fundamentally changes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) approach to evaluating and managing industrial chemicals, including genetically engineered microorganisms. The body of changes, the careful ... read more >
November 11, 2016
EPA Biotech Review Staff Prepares To Handle Engineered Microorganism TSCA Submissions
On November 9, 2016, Inside EPA published “ New TSCA Requirements Raise Challenges To EPA Biotech Review Staff” (subscription required), outlining what EPA has done to adapt to revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requirements for engineered microorganisms.   Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted in the article discussing what to expect from approaching biotechnology regulations:   Richard Engler, a former EPA toxics official now a senior chemist with environmental law firm Bergeson & ... read more >
October 25, 2016
“Under-appreciated Regulatory Barriers to Commercialization of Algae and Algal Products”
On October 25, 2016, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), presented “Under-appreciated Regulatory Barriers to Commercialization of Algae and Algal Products” at the Algae Biomass Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Engler’s presentation was part of the Legal, IP and Regulatory Issues -- Challenges and Opportunities track of the summit, and explored how algae processing and use is regulated by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The TSCA Inventory lists all chemical ... read more >
October 14, 2016
EPA Announces Public Meeting To Comment On Algae Guidance Documents
On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a public meeting on the draft Algae Guidance for the Preparation of [Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)] Biotechnology Submissions (Algae Guidance) in the Federal Register.  This meeting will receive public input and comments on the draft Algae Guidance that describes EPA’s data needs for supporting risk assessments of genetically engineered algae and cyanobacteria that are manufactured, imported, or processed, and are subject to regulations under Section 5 of TSCA.  The meeting will be held in ... read more >
September 30, 2016
Update To The Coordinated Framework For The Regulation Of Biotechnology Published In The Federal Register
On September 22, 2016,  Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (Update to the Coordinated Framework) was published in the  Federal Register . This proposed update provides a comprehensive summary of the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with respect to the regulation of biotechnology products. More information about what this means for the future of biotechnology and the ... read more >
September 9, 2016
REMINDER -- "'The New TSCA' -- What You Need To Know" Webinar 3 -- Inventory, CDR, And CBI (Sections 8 & 14)
Monday, September 12, 2016 8:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time/11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time/16:00 British Summer Time Register Today Three months have passed since Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform was enacted and now implementation trends are starting to take shape. Rather than waiting to see what TSCA reform's impact on your business might be, take control of your approach to "new" TSCA with the information and insight shared in the "The New TSCA: What You Need To Know" webinar series presented by Chemical Watch and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. ... read more >
September 2, 2016
“‘The New TSCA’—What You Need To Know” Webinar 3—Inventory, CDR, And CBI (Sections 8 & 14)
Monday, September 12, 2016 8:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time/11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time/16:00 British Summer Time Register Today Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Chemical Watch have collaborated to present a series of complimentary webinars on the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Webinar 3 -- Inventory, CDR, and CBI will cover: Section 8 Reporting and Retention of Information   Small Manufacturer Definition;   Reporting by Processors;   Byproduct Rulemaking ... read more >
August 19, 2016
Upcoming Chemical Watch TSCA Webinar Covering TSCA Sections 8 and 14
On September 12, 2016, Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®); Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., B&C Senior Chemist; and Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President of B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), will present "The New TSCA: Information and Reporting (Sections 8 & 14)" in conjunction with Chemical Watch. This free webinar is the third in Chemical Watch's Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform series, and will focus on reporting and recordkeeping ... read more >
July 22, 2016
What Does The Loss Of “Green Chemistry” Provision From Amended TSCA Mean For Biochemicals?
On July 15, 2016, Environmental Leader published "What Does the Loss of 'Green Chemistry' Provision from Amended TSCA Mean for Biochemicals?," featuring comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®). Ms. Bergeson expanded on a previous blog post titled "Inside EPA Reports On Loss Of Green Chemistry Provision From TSCA Reform," stating: "While regrettable, the absence of the green chemistry provisions in the amended Toxic Substances Control Act ... read more >
July 8, 2016
Inside EPA Reports On Loss Of Green Chemistry Provision From TSCA Reform
On July 1, 2016, Inside EPA published "Committee Jurisdiction Issues Blocked Green Chemistry From TSCA Reform," an article discussing the passage of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) law and the lack of language from previous versions boosting federal support of green chemistry. The majority of the bill was reviewed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, but the green chemistry provision would have needed to be reviewed by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, further complicating the fragile House and Senate negotiations. Inside EPA's source stated: ... read more >
June 24, 2016
President Obama Signs Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety For The 21st Century Act Reforming The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed H.R. 2576, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) during a signing ceremony. Lautenberg represents years of negotiation and is a towering achievement to enhance the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority to review industrial and consumer chemicals and provide the public with confidence that chemical products do not pose unreasonable risks. Of particular interest to biobased chemical manufacturers and users, Lautenberg requires that EPA maintain the use of Class 2 nomenclature and the Soap and ... read more >
May 27, 2016
TSCA Reform Passes House And Is Expected To Pass Senate Without Sustainable Chemistry Provision
On May 24, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2576, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the long-awaited Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform. Senate approval is expected, with the bill being signed into law soon after. The current, and likely final, version of the bill does not contain the sustainable chemistry provision in Section 27 entitled "Development and Evaluation of Test Methods and Sustainable Chemistry" that was in earlier versions of the bill. This provision would have provided funding, research, and support of green ... read more >
May 13, 2016
Transcript: “TSCA Reform:  What’s Happening, and What’s Next?
As we are poised to witness the reauthorization of 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. In late 2015, Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) convened a summit to examine generally the anticipated changes to TSCA, the process and implementation issues that the ... read more >
April 29, 2016
Don’t Miss Out On The Upcoming 2016 Chemical Data Reporting Webinar
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to offer a complimentary webinar that will include a review of the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule elements, a highlight of changes that will come into play for 2016, and some helpful hints on how to get prepared. Kathleen M. Roberts, Senior Regulatory Consultant at B&C; and Executive Director of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at B&C, will discuss the basic requirements of CDR reporting that apply to manufacturers and importers of chemical substances ... read more >
February 26, 2016
Richard E. Engler Presents TSCA And The Cellulosic Revolution At ABLC2016
On February 18, 2016, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), presented at Cellulosic Fuels: First Commercials and Beyond, a session at the ABLC2016. Dr. Engler's presentation, "TSCA and the Cellulosic Revolution," covered Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) nomenclature, chemical Inventory, and model manufacturing process issues for cellulosic products. The presentation discussed the differences in nomenclature between Class I and Class II substances on the TSCA Inventory, and what regulatory responsibilities are triggered by ... read more >
November 13, 2015
Thursday 11/19: EPA Alumni Discuss “TSCA Reform: What’s Happening Now, and What’s Next?”
REGISTER TO ATTEND THE "TSCA REFORM PANEL SUMMIT," OR TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST, AT THE ELI WEBSITE. George Washington University (GWU) Milken Institute School of Public Health, GWU Law School, Environmental Law Institute, Arnold & Porter LLP, and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Present:  TSCA Reform Panel Summit: What's Happening Now, and What's Next? Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. (EST) George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Main Auditorium, 950 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20052.  A light ... read more >
September 4, 2015
TSCA Reform: The Current State Of Play WEBINAR
Wondering where we are now and what may happen to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform when Congress is back in session? "TSCA Reform: The Current State of Play," featuring Lynn L. Bergeson and hosted by Compliance & Risks, will bring you up to date on the very latest developments in the Congress and key regulatory developments and initiatives should TSCA reform fail to materialize. If Congress is unable to enact new TSCA measures, many question whether the law will be revised before the Presidential elections in 2016, which means TSCA reform would not occur until 2017 ... read more >
July 31, 2015
TSCA Reform—Prospects On Passage And Thoughts On Implementation
Competing proposals are working their way through the House and Senate to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the nation's primary law for managing chemicals in commerce, including biobased and renewable chemicals. In an article published in the July 23, 2015, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report, former senior U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials Charles Auer and James V. Aidala, and attorney Lynn L. Bergeson, Of Counsel to the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), discuss making the bill clearer and how Congressional direction can be ... read more >
July 31, 2015
Renewable Chemicals, Nomenclature, And TSCA: What You Need To Know To Commercialize
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D, Senior Chemist with B&C and advisor to BRAG, delivered an instructive and practical session for biobased product stakeholders at the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference on July 16, 2015, covering what TSCA regulates, how the TSCA Inventory works, key nomenclature issues for chemicals made from renewable, biomass, or waste feedstocks, and presenting helpful checklists and case studies to help stakeholders understand what products and byproducts are reportable under TSCA. Key slides are shown below. For a full copy of the ... read more >
July 24, 2015
DOE Looking For Additions To Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee
As reported in last week's update, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy put out a call for nominations for candidates to join the Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Technical Advisory Committee. The Committee meets quarterly, typically for two days, and advises DOE and USDA on the Biomass R&D Initiative. The Committee is looking specifically for engineers or scientists from non-federal government or academia; an individual affiliated with the biobased industrial and commercial products industry; and an individual with ... read more >
July 24, 2015
EPA Issues Direct Final Rule To Mandate Updated Electronic Reporting
The July 20, 2015, Federal Register includes a notice for direct final action to amend the electronic reporting regulations for Section 5 under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action goes into effect on January 19, 2016, unless adverse comments are received by August 19, 2015. The rule requires the use of new electronic premanufacture notice (e-PMN) software that is reportedly easier to use. The rule also adds the requirement that "bona fide intents to manufacture" submissions be made electronically, and changes the ... read more >
June 12, 2015
House Committee Holds Markup Hearing On TSCA Modernization Act Of 2015
On June 2 and 3, 2015, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a markup hearing for the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) after years of progress on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform. The bill was praised for its bipartisan support as well as the removal of burdensome testing that has hindered the implementation of TSCA. The modernized TSCA will change how EPA regulates existing chemicals, with EPA first deciding if a chemical poses an unreasonable risk under its conditions of use, and then deciding how to manage the risk. A technical amendment was added to the Act ... read more >
May 22, 2015
Part 3 Of Biofuels Digest Series On TSCA And The Bioeconomy
Part 3 of Biofuels Digest's "Thought Leadership" series highlighting some of the ways the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) applies to biobased products was published May 18, 2015. Summaries of the first two "TSCA and the Bioeconomy" articles, written by Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) Senior Policy Advisor and former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Chemistry program, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., were summarized in the May 7, 2015, BRAG report. "The Toxic Substances Control Act and the Bioeconomy: Part ... read more >
May 15, 2015
Updated Version Of House TSCA Modernization Act Released
On May 12, 2015, Representatives John Shimkus (R-IL), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Fred Upton (R-MI), and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) released an updated discussion draft of the House version of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015. The Environment and Energy Subcommittee held a hearing to mark up the bill on May 14, 2015. B&C's analysis of the updated discussion draft and the mark-up hearing will be included in next week's update, but will be available on its website at www.lawbc.com ... read more >
May 15, 2015
EPA Issues SNURs For Several Biobased Chemicals
On May 8, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule for 25 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN), including several biobased chemical substances. The rulemaking under Section 5, known as a significant new use rule or SNUR, requires persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of these 25 chemical substances for an activity that is designated in the SNUR as a significant new use to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification provides EPA with the ... read more >
May 8, 2015
>Biofuels Digest Series On TSCA And The Bioeconomy
Biofuels Digest is running a "Thought Leadership" series of articles highlighting some of the ways the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) applies to biobased products. The articles, written by Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) Senior Policy Advisor and former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Chemistry program, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., cover key points throughout the manufacturing and commercialization process at which biobased companies need to be aware of TSCA requirements. "The Toxic Substances Control Act and the ... read more >
May 1, 2015
U.S. Senate EPW Committee Passes TSCA Reform Legislation
On April 28, 2015, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW Committee) passed by a 15-5 vote a version of S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. This action by the EPW Committee paves the way for consideration of S. 697 -- legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) -- by the full U.S. Senate. The authors of S. 697, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM), were able to secure the support of four Democrats on the EPW Committee by making certain amendments to the original version of the bill. Several of ... read more >
April 23, 2015
Oil Price Information Network Features Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., in "TSCA Nomenclature May Be Barrier For Advanced Biofuels"
The Oil Price Information Network (OPIS) spoke with BRAG's Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor with B&C, regarding the application of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to oils made from algae feedstocks and other non-traditional bio-materials. The resulting article, "TSCA Nomenclature May Be Barrier for Advanced Biofuels," from the OPIS Ethanol & Biodiesel Newsletter is excerpted below, and reprinted in full at the link with permission from OPIS. TSCA Nomenclature May Be Barrier for Advanced Biofuels Any number of complications could trip up the ... read more >
April 16, 2015
EPA Announces Timeline For Renewable Fuel Standards
On April 10, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lodged with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia a proposed consent decree to resolve litigation challenging the delay in issuing Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) for 2014 and 2015 brought by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) against EPA. The consent decree would establish EPA's schedule for issuing a RFS for 2014 and 2015. In its filing, EPA stated that it would ask the court to approve the proposed consent decree only after a 30-day ... read more >
April 16, 2015
House Subcommittee Hearing On TSCA Modernization Act
On April 14, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 discussion draft (TMA-DD). An analysis of the April 7, 2015, TMA-DD is available on the Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) website. The April 14, 2015, witnesses' testimonies are posted on the Energy & Commerce Committee website. ... read more >
April 10, 2015
House Energy And Commerce Subcommittee To Hold Hearing On TSCA Reform Draft
On April 7, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce announced that the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a legislative hearing on a new discussion draft of the TSCA [Toxic Substances Control Act] Modernization Act, released by Committee Chair John Shimkus (R-IL) the same day -- April 7, 2015. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 10:15 a.m. (EDT) in Room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator Jim Jones and other stakeholders are expected to testify at ... read more >
March 27, 2015
Senate EPW Committee Holds Hearing On TSCA Reform Bill
On March 18, 2015, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held a hearing on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697). Supporters of S. 697 maintain that it significantly improves the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by providing more authority and funding to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate new and existing chemicals. Critics of the bill argue that while the perfect may be the enemy of the good, S. 697 is not a good bill. An overview of the hearing, the key statements from witnesses, and a commentary ... read more >
March 20, 2015
Senate EPW Hearing On TSCA Reform
On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held a hearing on S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The following individuals testified during the hearing: James Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Dr. Richard Denison, Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund; Dr. Edward McCabe, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, March of Dimes Foundation; Dr. Lynn Goldman, Dean, Milken Institute School of ... read more >
March 13, 2015
New Bipartisan TSCA Legislation Introduced In Senate
On March 10, 2015, Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a bipartisan bill that would reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The bill has 15 co-sponsors -- seven Democrats and eight Republicans. The bill builds on the proposed Chemical Safety Improvement Act offered by Senator Vitter and the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in 2013. According to the overview provided on Senator Udall's webpage, the 2015 bill clarifies that cost cannot be a consideration factor in determining chemical safety, ... read more >
March 13, 2015
ABLC2015 Underway In Washington
The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) is underway in Washington, and the discussions and presentations have been lively. At the opening "Policy Outlook" forum Wednesday morning, Biofuels Digest Editor Jim Lane welcomed the leaders gathered, including more than 130 C-level attendees, and introduced the heads of the "7 families" on the dais representing the key trade groups involved in biobased policy, one of which is the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®). In her comments, Kathleen Roberts, Executive Director of BRAG, harkened back to Chicago cop Jimmy ... read more >
November 14, 2014
Election’s Impact On Bioeconomy Discussed, Hottest Companies Revealed At ABLCNext
Many of the top policymakers, leaders, and stakeholders in the bioeconomy gathered in San Francisco this week for ABLCNext. The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group's (BRAG®) Executive Director Kathleen Roberts participated in the opening panel of the conference, "US Elections, What Happened, What Now," where she and other trade group leaders discussed likely impacts on the bioeconomy with the swing toward Republicans in federal and state races. Regarding the outlook for reform of TSCA with the new Congress, Roberts stated "given the complexity of the ... read more >
September 26, 2014
Boxer Criticism On Current TSCA Reform Efforts
On September 18, 2014, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) Chair Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) issued a statement containing links to Senator Boxer's counterproposal to and critique of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform draft bill being developed by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM). The statement is available online. Senator Boxer expressed strong concern over the proposed safety standard, timelines for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actions, victim's rights, and state pre-emption. Senator Boxer's rejection of ... read more >
September 19, 2014
EPA's Revised Work Plan List And New Developments In TSCA Reform Discussed At Green Chemistry Clearinghouse Annual Conference
The Green Chemistry Clearinghouse Conference held on September 16, 2014, in San Francisco included several interesting panels discussing topics including California Safer Consumer Products Regulations' (SCPR) recently released Work Plan, the future of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform, and the increasing push by retailers to require information from the supply chain. Jim Jones, EPA's Assistant Administrator at the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), spoke regarding several EPA activities under TSCA, including but not limited to the schedule for ... read more >
September 5, 2014
Chance Of 2014 TSCA Reform Shrinking Fast
Stakeholders agree that the chances of legislative reform to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are small -- and getting smaller as the days progress. Both Hill staff and industry trade representatives acknowledge that focus on mid-term elections and partisan divide, coupled with the limited days on the legislative calendar, make TSCA reform this year unlikely. Thus, while some forward momentum may have occurred over the last years with the Senate bill introduced by Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and the late Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and the House discussion draft from Representative John ... read more >
August 29, 2014
Coalition Petitions EPA To Change Rules On Confidential Business Information
On August 21, 2014, a coalition of environmental, health, and labor groups filed a 23-page petition with EPA requesting that the Agency "establish time limits for confidentiality claims for chemical information submitted by industry under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)." According to Earthjustice's press release, change is needed because currently "nder TSCA, industry is given wide latitude to claim such information confidential, making it unavailable to state and local governments, medical professionals, health organizations, research institutions and the ... read more >
May 16, 2014
B&C
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and BRAG presented an informative session on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) World Congress in Philadelphia. The session, "Commercializing Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Products: The Importance of Successfully and Efficiently Navigating the Regulatory Process" brought together high-level EPA staff and industry leaders to inform, equip, and assist the renewable chemical community in finding the path of least resistance on the road to commercialization. Speakers included David Widawsky, ... read more >
May 9, 2014
B&C
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) has created an online hub for news, information, and commentary on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform that is available at www.TSCAreform.org. B&C's lawyers, scientists, regulatory specialists, and business consultants relentlessly participate in and track developments regarding ongoing TSCA reform efforts and related state regulatory initiatives such as California's Safer Consumer Products Regulations and related developments under the Green Chemistry Initiative. www.TSCAreform.org contains constantly updated links to ... read more >
May 2, 2014
House Energy And Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing On Revised Chemicals In Commerce Act
On April 29, 2014, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on the revised version of the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA2). Details of the hearing provided by the Subcommittee, including its background memorandum, are available online. Subcommittee Chair John Shimkus (R-IL) issued the original version of CICA in March 2014. CICA2 was released on April 22, 2014. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.'s (B&C®) detailed summary and analysis of CICA2 is available online. B&C also issued a detailed summary and ... read more >
April 25, 2014
TSCA Reform: Do It Now, Or It May Never Be Done
The Environmental Law Institute's (ELI) May/June 2014 issue of ELI Forum features articles from five notable experts representing government, industry, and policy viewpoints on the issue of TSCA reform. Titled "TSCA Redux: Rejuvenating a Timeworn Statute," the publication includes Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of B&C; Richard A. Denison, Lead Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund; Kathy Kinsey, Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs and Operations, Maryland Department of the Environment; Ann R. Klee, Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety, General Electric; ... read more >
April 18, 2014
EPA Releases 2014-2018 Strategic Plan
On April 10, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its strategic plan through 2018. A copy of the plan is available online. It includes statements by EPA reinforcing its commitment to enhancing implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) over the next four years. In the 99-page document, EPA reiterates its position supporting enhancing TSCA. To that end, EPA stresses that "[p]otential legislative action to reauthorize TSCA is both a key external factor and a key emerging issue. Consistent ... read more >
April 16, 2014
BRAG Advocacy Efforts Featured in Bloomberg BNA Article
BRAG's advocacy efforts were featured in an article in Bloomberg BNA's March 26, 2014  Daily Environment Report titled “Manufacturers Urge EPA to Apply TSCA Consistently in Final Rules for Six Mixtures.”  “Chemical manufacturers are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to apply Toxic Substances Control Act policies consistently to both biobased and petroleum-based chemical mixtures as it finalizes a proposed rule that would restrict uses of six chemicals designed for renewable fuels. ‘The agency's decision on these six chemical mixtures ... read more >
March 28, 2014
EPA, Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, And Stepan Company Join BRAG Panel At BIO World Congress
We are very pleased to announce some of the speakers who are scheduled to participate in the session the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG™) is hosting May 13, 2014, at BIO World Congress, titled "Commercializing Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Products: The Importance of Successfully and Efficiently Navigating the Regulatory Process": * Tracy Williamson, Ph.D., Chief, Industrial Chemistry Branch, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA; * David Widawsky, Ph.D., Director -- Economics, Exposure, and Technology Division of EPA and Manager of ... read more >
March 21, 2014
ABA Releases Five White Papers On TSCA Reform
The American Bar Association's (ABA) Section on Energy, Environment and Resources (SEER) has issued five white papers designed to assist stakeholders in the ongoing debate to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The papers are on the following TSCA-related topics: (1) ABA SEER Overview of TSCA; (2) ABA SEER TSCA Trade Secret and Confidential Business Information Briefing Paper; (3) ABA SEER TSCA Preemption of Private Rights of Action Under TSCA and TSCA Legislation Briefing Paper; (4) ABA SEER TSCA Standard for Taking Regulatory Action under TSCA Briefing Paper; and ... read more >
March 14, 2014
House Energy And Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing On Draft House TSCA Reform Bill
On March 12, 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Environment and the Economy Subcommittee held a hearing to discuss the Discussion Draft of the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA). CICA, which was released last week by Subcommittee Chair John Shimkus (R-IL), is designed to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Biobased and Renewable Products and Advocacy Group (BRAG™) reported on the release of CICA. That report is available online. Eleven witnesses testified at the hearing. Several witnesses were critical of CICA, stating that it offered less protections than those ... read more >
March 7, 2014
Shimkus Releases Draft TSCA Reform Bill
On February 27, 2014, House Energy and Commerce Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chair John Shimkus (R-IL) released a discussion draft of the "Chemicals in Commerce Act" (CICA), legislation designed to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The release of CICA is significant for several reasons. While the House Subcommittee has held five hearings since last year on various sections of TSCA, CICA would be the first major House bill introduced this Congress to reform the law. In addition, CICA "keys off" S. 1009, The "Chemical Safety ... read more >
February 14, 2014
House Transportation And Infrastructure Committee Field Hearing On Elk River Spill
On February 10, 2014, the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure convened a field hearing in Charleston, West Virginia, on "The Charleston, West Virginia Chemical Spill." On January 9, 2014, a coal processing chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM), stored in an aboveground tank owned by Freedom Industries leaked into the Elk River in West Virginia. The leak compromised the water supply to nine counties in the state affecting some 300,000 residents. Due to a lack of toxicological data on MCHM, health officials were delayed in identifying a safe use level ... read more >
February 14, 2014
House TSCA Reform Bill Expected Soon
It is reported that House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on the Environment and Economy Chair John Shimkus (R-IL) is working on draft legislation to reform TSCA, which Shimkus expects to introduce and on which he expects to hold a hearing in the coming weeks. B&C has issued a memorandum providing an overview of the Subcommittee's fifth hearing on TSCA reform held on February 4, 2014. The memorandum is available online. There is a renewed sense of urgency for TSCA reform to be completed this year in the wake of the chemical spill into the Elk River in West Virginia last ... read more >
February 7, 2014
House Energy And Commerce Subcommittee Holds Fifth Hearing On TSCA Reform
On February 4, 2014, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held its fifth hearing this term on potential reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The Subcommittee is working on drafting its version of a TSCA reform bill. This latest hearing focused on potential reforms to Sections 4 and 8 of the law. TSCA Section 4 covers when and under what circumstances the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may require chemical substances to be tested, and TSCA Section 8 authorizes EPA to keep an inventory of potentially ... read more >
February 7, 2014
Senate EPW Subcommittee Holds Hearing On West Virginia Spill
On February 4, 2014, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works' Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife held a hearing on "Examination of the Safety and Security of Drinking Water Supplies Following the Central West Virginia Drinking Water Crisis." A full list of witnesses is available online. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) spoke at the hearing and stressed the need for reform of TSCA in the wake of the January 9, 2014, chemical spill in West Virginia. Senator Udall has been working closely with Senator David Vitter (R-LA) to make improvements to CSIA (S. 1009), the ... read more >
February 7, 2014
Upcoming House Transportation And Infrastructure Committee Hearing On West Virginia Spill And Ways To Increase Future Chemical Safety
On February 10, 2014, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is scheduled to hold a field hearing in Charleston, West Virginia, to examine the effects of and response to the January 9, 2014, chemical spill into the Elk River. More information on the hearing is available ... read more >
January 31, 2014
Chemical Safety And Drinking Water Protection Act Introduced In The Senate
The January 9, 2014, chemical spill in which 7,500 gallons of a coal processing chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, stored in an above-ground tank owned by Freedom Industries leaked into the Elk River upstream from the local water utility's intake pipe serving Charleston, West Virginia, has prompted new calls for chemical safety and security legislation. For instance, concerns have been expressed about the adequacy of information regarding chemical safety and health risks, an issue that has been repeatedly raised with respect to chemicals "grandfathered" under the Toxic ... read more >
January 31, 2014
Coalition Reports 33 States Expected To Introduce Chemical Safety Legislation In 2014
On January 28, 2014, the pro-safer chemicals coalition Safer States released a report in which it found that "at least 33 states are considering policies [to enhance chemical safety]. Some would change disclosure rules for manufacturers, so that concerned consumers will know what chemicals are in their products. Some would phase out the use of chemicals like bisphenol A, formaldehyde and toxic flame retardants." The report is available online. There is increased momentum for chemical safety legislation in the wake of the January 9, 2014, chemical spill in West Virginia. ... read more >
January 24, 2014
Tips For The Successful Launch Of A New Biobased Chemical
In an article appearing in the January/February 2014 issue of The Environmental Forum, a publication of the Environmental Law Institute, the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group's (BRAG™) Lynn L. Bergeson and Kathleen M. Roberts discuss the latest developments in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) approach under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to biobased chemicals, and offer strategies on how biobased chemical manufacturers can best navigate current TSCA requirements. "Sustainability is a watchword for many brand owners, especially those that market to ... read more >
January 24, 2014
West Virginia Chemical Spill Prompts New Push To Reform TSCA
On January 9, 2014, 7,500 gallons of a coal processing chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, stored in an above-ground tank owned by Freedom Industries leaked into the Elk River just upstream from the local water utility's intake pipe serving Charleston, West Virginia. Regulators banned residents' use of the water for five days. Since the release, concerns have been expressed about the adequacy of information regarding the chemical's safety and health risks, an issue that has been repeatedly raised with respect to chemicals "grandfathered" under TSCA. The ... read more >
January 10, 2014
Beware The “Naturally Occurring” Exemption
Intuitively, entities in the "biobased" space may think the "naturally occurring" substance exemption under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the law that governs chemical products in the U.S., applies to their "biobased" materials. The scope of the exemption is limited, however, and complications arise when companies mistakenly assume a material is naturally occurring and therefore exempt from TSCA. Learn more about this important issue ... read more >
January 10, 2014
TSCA Reform Legislation Predictions
As the new year begins, there are several predictions on the path for reform of TSCA. The vehicle for reform is expected to be S. 1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), bi-partisan legislation introduced last year by Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), and the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). Senator Vitter and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) are now working to move CSIA forward through the legislative process. A Law360 article recently published by Lynn Bergeson contains a detailed discussion of the significance ... read more >
December 23, 2013
House Energy And Commerce Subcommittee Chair Cites TSCA Reform Among Top Priorities For 2014
It has been reported that the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Power Chair John Shimkus (R-IL) has listed reform of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) among his top priorities for 2014. Chair Shimkus has stated publicly that the House is still determining how best to draft and move TSCA reform legislation, but he expects a House TSCA reform bill to be introduced by the spring, with action on it likely next summer. Chair Shimkus reportedly has also indicated that he expects no action on the Renewable Fuel Standard ... read more >
December 13, 2013
BRAG Presents At BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit In San Diego
This week, the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG™) participated in the Biotechnology Industry Organization's Pacific Rim Summit on Biotechnology and Bioenergy in San Diego, California. The Summit included over 400 attendees with broad interest and involvement in biofuels and renewable chemicals. During the Summit, BRAG Executive Director Kathleen M. Roberts gave a presentation titled "The Here and Now of TSCA," in which she emphasized the criticality of including regulatory compliance into any company's commercialization plans, and outlined certain sections of the Toxic ... read more >
December 6, 2013
EPA Issues Final Rule On Electronic Reporting Under TSCA
On December 4, 2013, EPA published a final rule requiring the electronic submission of certain documents under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). EPA is promulgating amendments to reporting requirements under TSCA Section 4 (including test rules and Enforceable Consent Agreements (ECA)), TSCA Section 5, TSCA Section 8(a) Preliminary Analysis Information Rule (PAIR) at 40 C.F.R. Part 712, and TSCA Section 8(d) Health and Safety Data Reporting Rules at 40 C.F.R. Part 716. A copy of the rule, including a more detailed description of the new reporting requirements, is available online. ... read more >
November 15, 2013
Renewable Chemical Stakeholders Learn Of Opportunities And Challenges They Face With TSC
Attendees at the Society for the Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology's (SCD-iBIO) 2nd Annual "Commercializing Global Green" forum in Philadelphia this week participated in a practical, in-depth three-hour workshop presented by the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG™) on the critical policy, legislative, and regulatory issues impacting the commercialization of renewable chemicals. Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and Of Counsel with BRAG, shared the latest developments from Capitol Hill on ... read more >
November 15, 2013
House Committee Hearing on Toxic Substances Control Act
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on CSIA, a bill to reform TSCA. CSIA was introduced earlier this year by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). Senator Vitter and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) are now working to move CSIA forward through the legislative process. A Law360 article recently published by Lynn Bergeson contains a detailed discussion of the significance and provisions of this legislation. With 25 bipartisan co-sponsors, CSIA is a "potentially politically viable framework for TSCA reform and ... read more >
November 1, 2013
Groups Press TSCA Reform
On October 29, 2013, hundreds of parents and children participated in a "stroller brigade" on Capitol Hill during which they lobbied Senate offices to provide greater protections against harmful chemicals during reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The stroller brigade also joined actress Jennifer Beals at a press conference on TSCA reform sponsored by the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition. Following the July 31, 2013, Senate Environment and Public Works hearing on TSCA reform, Committee Members reportedly continue negotiations on S. 1009, the ... read more >
October 25, 2013
Workshop Will Help Companies Avoid Costly Regulatory Delays
The number of Significant New Use Rules (SNUR) issued by EPA has greatly increased in recent months, causing long and costly delays for companies trying to market biobased chemicals and products. The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG™) is holding a workshop to help companies avoid these delays by explaining how, when, and to which entity or entities in the value chain the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) applies, and what a renewable chemical innovator must do to comply with TSCA's requirements. Getting to Yes: A Focused Workshop Addressing Key Policy, ... read more >
October 11, 2013
Waxman Challenges Chemicals Industry On TSCA Reform
On October 7, 2013, House Committee on Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) sent a letter to American Chemistry Council (ACC) President Calvin Dooley asking him whether ACC is "abandoning its 2009 principles for reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act." The letter is available online. In his letter, Representative Waxman tells Dooley that he has been hopeful that reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) would include many of the principles for reform released by ACC in 2009. He alleges that ACC appears to have abandoned six key reform principles ... read more >
September 19, 2013
TSCA Reform
On September 18, 2013, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on "Regulation of Existing Chemicals and the Role of Pre-Emption under Sections 6 and 18 of the Toxic Substances Control Act." This was the third hearing in a series held by the Committee on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). It comes at a time when the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) is also considering TSCA reform, including S. 1009, the "Chemical Security Improvement Act" (CSIA). Senate EPW Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has indicated that preemption is ... read more >
August 13, 2013
Join Summit Chair Lynn L. Bergeson for the 3rd Safer Consumer Products Summit - - National Policy Outlook
Early Bird Registration Deadline Friday, August 16, 2013! Join BRAG's Lynn L. Bergeson, Kathleen M. Roberts, and John H. Thorne, Ph. D. at the 3rd Safer Consumer Products Summit -- National Policy Outlook, September 17-19, 2013, Washington, D.C.   Presentations, panel discussions, and case studies will equip attendees to: Stay Ahead of the Regulatory Curve with the Most Up-to-Date Status on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Avoid Brand Reputation Risk and Stay on the Shelves with Updates on the Latest State-Level Policy Developments in ... read more >
August 2, 2013
Senate EPW Committee Holds Hearing on TSCA Reform
On July 31, 2013, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held a hearing on "Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats." The exceptionally long hearing included three panels of 19 witnesses and focused on potential reform to the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The detailed report of the hearing issued by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. is available online. The hearing largely focused on bipartisan legislation to reform TSCA, recently introduced by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and the ... read more >
July 11, 2013
House Energy And Commerce Committee Holds Second Hearing On TSCA Reform
On Thursday, July 11, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and Economy convened its second hearing on reform of TSCA. This second "Hearing on Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information, and Innovation" focused on exploring the "regulatory implementation and 'real world' implications of TSCA Section 5, requirements concerning the manufacture and processing of new chemicals, and TSCA Section 14, limiting public disclosure of data submitted to EPA on existing and new chemical substances and ... read more >
July 11, 2013
EPA Releases Regulatory Agenda
On July 3, 2013, EPA released its spring regulatory agenda, which reports on the likely timelines for several environmental rulemakings. The agenda is available online. Among other items, the agenda suggests that in September EPA intends to reissue a revised proposed rule to control emissions of greenhouse gases from new power plants. It also indicates that EPA will likely issue by December five significant new use rules (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act ... read more >
June 27, 2013
Boxer Remarks On TSCA
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) recently made public remarks indicating her intent to move forward with efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). She has stated that she will hold a hearing on TSCA reform on July 31, 2013, and will focus on reaching consensus between S. 1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013, introduced in May by Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and the late Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and S. 696, the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013, introduced by Senator Lautenberg in April. As we have reported, among ... read more >
June 24, 2013
B2PAC Changes Name to BRAG, Conducts Workshops on TSCA
The Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC) debuted today a new name, logo, and web address to describe more fully and descriptively the wide range of industrial biotechnology products made by its member companies. The consortium is now known as the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group, or BRAG. The new name and logo were previewed last week at the 2013 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal. As has been the consortium's focus from the beginning, BRAG exists so that concerned stakeholders can: help the U.S. ... read more >
June 13, 2013
House Subcommittee Hearing On Title I Of TSCA
On Thursday, June 13, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and Economy held a hearing on Title I of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Witness testimony and an archived webcast of the hearing are available online. Witnesses included Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President of B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (BCCM manages the Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC) and Charles M. Auer of Charles Auer & Associates, LLC, also an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Other witnesses ... read more >
June 13, 2013
Coalition Proposes Five Changes To Bi-partisan Senate TSCA Legislation, S. 1009
On June 11, a coalition comprised of 30 organizations called Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families issued a statement urging five changes to S. 1009, the bi-partisan Senate legislation to reform TSCA. The statement is available ... read more >
June 6, 2013
Commercializing Renewable Chemicals: What You Need To Know About TSCA Webinar
June 12, 2013, 2:00 - 3:30 (EDT) Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC) and Society for the Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology (SCD-iBIO) invite you to participate in this complimentary webinar. RSVP Deadline: June 7, 2013 RSVP to chad.howlin@lawbc.com   Renewable chemicals are emerging at a fast pace, paving the way for new, innovative, and sustainable biobased products. A variety of technologies are enhancing the commercial potential of enzymes, new microbes, biomass, and other bio-engineered material, further enabling the commercialization of ... read more >
June 6, 2013
TSCA Reform Legislation
The death of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) earlier this week could affect the speed with which the bi-partisan Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, S.1009, that he recently introduced with Senator David Vitter (R-LA) moves forward. Though Senator Lautenberg had championed efforts to reform the 1976 TSCA for more than a decade, passage of S.1009 has been seen as more promising given its bipartisan sponsorship. Critics of the bill have expressed concerns about the bill's noticeable absence of deadlines and funding provisions, as well as its provisions allowing the bill ... read more >
May 30, 2013
TSCA Reform Legislation
We reported last week that on May 22, 2013, Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bipartisan bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), S.1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act. The legislation was meant to be a compromise between long time competing proposals to reform TSCA. A detailed analysis of the bill by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C is available online. There are many opportunities for the renewable chemicals community to advocate for its products and the more equitable and efficient review of renewable chemicals under TSCA. B2PAC is ... read more >
May 24, 2013
TSCA Reform
Earlier this week, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) made a historic announcement that they had come to agreement and introduced legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), S.1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, available online. This joint effort is significant and provides greater odds that TSCA reform may be achieved in this Congress. We are analyzing the bill now for its implications for B2PAC members. Senator Lautenberg's press release on the bill is available online. The release summarizes the bill to: Require Safety Evaluations ... read more >

 
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