Lynn L. Bergeson, Compliance Advisor columnist

LYNN L. BERGESON is managing director of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., a Washington, D.C.-based law firm that concentrates on conventional, biobased, and nanoscale chemical industry issues. She served as chair of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (2005-2006). The views expressed herein are solely those of the author. This column is not intended to provide, nor should be construed as, legal advice.

Chemicals in Food: FDA Steps Up Post-Market Review

The FDA intensifies food safety efforts with increased post-market chemical assessments and a new unified program. Learn how recent changes impact stakeholders and what steps ...

EPA Bans Most Uses of Methylene Chloride

The EPA finalizes a rule to ban most uses of methylene chloride, effective July 8, 2024, addressing health risks and setting exposure limits.

EPA Issues First Risk Management Rule: What You Need to Know

All TSCA stakeholders need to understand this rule because it is a template for how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will address future risk management under TSCA Section...

Compliance: Take a Closer Look at EPA’s New Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent revision of National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter has stirred up a contentious discourse. Understanding...

OSHA Issues Updated Process Safety Management Enforcement Guidance

The U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration updated enforcement guidance regarding compliance with the agency’s Process Safety Management standard.

Global Chemical Regulations: 2024 Will Be a Consequential Year

Significant policy and regulatory developments in the United States and globally could be impacted by upcoming election cycles.

EPA Proposes Revised PBT Rules for decaBDE and PIP (3:1)

The EPA’s proposal would amend regulations for decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) and PIP (3:1), two of the five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals addressed...

EPA Proposes Ban on Trichloroethylene

Ban would take effect in one year for all consumer products and most industrial and commercial uses, with any remaining uses requiring stringent worker protections.

EPA Issues Final Rule on TSCA PFAS Reporting Requirements

The final rule left out any of the concerns voiced during public comment on the proposed regulation requiring reporting of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and offers little...

National Science and Technology Council Releases Sustainable Chemistry Report

The National Science and Technology Council published an important report identifying challenges and outlining a strategy to improve adoption of sustainable chemicals.

EPA Rolls Out New PFAS Framework

The regulatory framework is designed to ensure any new PFAS or new use does not harm people or the environment.

TSCA, SNURs, and Plastic Waste-Based Feedstocks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed significant new use rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act for 18 chemicals subject to premanufacture notices.

Toxics Release Inventory Reporting: What is New This Year?

With the July 1, 2023, deadline rapidly approaching for submitting Toxics Release Inventory data to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are a few new reporting features...

EPA Proposes to Ban Most Uses of Methylene Chloride

The proposed risk management rule would “rapidly phase down” methylene chloride manufacturing, processing and distribution within 15 months.

Congress Strengthens Cosmetics Regulations

Congress enacted the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act on December 29, 2022, to significantly strengthen the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s authority over cosmetic...

Maine Reporting Rule Targets PFAS

Rule would require manufacturers to report all new products and product components sold, offered for sale, or distributed for sale in the state of Maine that contain intentionally...

TSCA Gets More Confusing

Chemical producers face new challenges after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changes the risk evaluation process for toxic substances.

Chemical Compliance: FTC To Revise Green Guides, Again

The Green Guides provide much-needed guidance on environmental marketing claims, including how consumers are likely to interpret claims and how marketers can substantiate them...

Sticker Shock: TSCA Fees Could Soon Be a Lot More Expensive

On November 16, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a proposal that would amend the 2018 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) fees rule. The proposed increases...

Compliance: European Commission Spurs Confusion

European Commission proposes adding new hazard classes and criteria to its CLP labeling regulations to address endocrine disruptors and substances that are persistent, bioaccumulative...

OSHA Considers Revisions to Process Safety Management Standard

This column summarizes why OSHA is thinking of amending its Process Safety Management standard and what readers can do to engage in the process.

EPA Issues New Accidental Release Rule

Changes to risk management program include rescinding several controversial additions