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All Things Chemical is a podcast produced by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), a Washington D.C. law firm focusing on chemical law, business, and litigation matters. All Things Chemical is hosted by Lynn L. Bergeson, managing partner of B&C. In each episode, we bring you intelligent, insightful, and engaging conversation about everything related to industrial, pesticidal, and specialty chemicals, as well as the law and business issues surrounding chemicals. Our incredibly talented team of lawyers, scientists, and consultants keep you abreast of the changing world of both domestic and international chemical regulation and provide analysis of the many intriguing and complicated issues surrounding this space.

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All Things Chemical is a podcast produced by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), a Washington D.C. law firm focusing on chemical law, business, and litigation matters. All Things Chemical is hosted by Lynn L. Bergeson, managing partner of B&C. In each episode, we bring you intelligent, insightful, and engaging conversation about everything related to industrial, pesticidal, and specialty chemicals, as well as the law and business issues surrounding chemicals. Our incredibly talented team of lawyers, scientists, and consultants keep you abreast of the changing world of both domestic and international chemical regulation and provide analysis of the many intriguing and complicated issues surrounding this space.

    How EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs Is Handling COVID-19 — A Conversation with Lisa Campbell

    How EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs Is Handling COVID-19 — A Conversation with Lisa Campbell

    This week, I sat down with Lisa Campbell, my Partner here at Bergeson & Campbell (B&C®) and its consulting affiliate, The Acta Group (Acta®), and a well-recognized expert on all things regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).  With so much attention focused on registering new products to combat COVID-19, we thought it timely to check in again with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) and see what it is up to.  OPP has been extraordinarily busy since March keeping up with new products to combat the coronavirus and forging new ways of leveraging its resources while maximizing the public health benefits of these new products.
    We also discuss the government’s heightened interest in ensuring that marketers of products -- new and existing -- are precluded from placing products on the market that EPA believes are not effective against COVID-19, when they are promoted as effective against the virus.  EPA has been quite aggressive in ensuring that products that claim to be effective in fact are effective.
    We then update our listeners on a few other OPP developments unrelated to the pandemic, as OPP’s jurisdiction extends far beyond approving new products to address COVID-19.
    ALL MATERIALS IN THIS PODCAST ARE PROVIDED SOLELY FOR INFORMATIONAL AND ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES.  THE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE OR THE PROVISION OF LEGAL SERVICES.  ALL LEGAL QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ANSWERED DIRECTLY BY A LICENSED ATTORNEY PRACTICING IN THE APPLICABLE AREA OF LAW.
    ©2020 Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  All Rights Reserved

    • 41 min
    EPA and the Election — A Conversation with Jim Aidala

    EPA and the Election — A Conversation with Jim Aidala

    This week, I sat down with Jim Aidala, Senior Government Affairs Consultant at B&C and its consulting affiliate, The Acta Group.  As a former Assistant Administrator in what is now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Jim has a keen sense of how EPA prepares for and transitions to changes in Administrations.  As we prepare for the November elections, we thought it would be good to check-in with Jim and get a sense of how our colleagues at EPA are faring.  After reviewing key topics in the pesticide world, Jim walks us through how and when pesticide registrants and others in the commercial value chain can prepare for any forthcoming transition, consequential or otherwise.  Jim discusses whether regulated entities can expect policy changes occasioned by a new Administration, regardless of who wins.  Jim also addresses the implications of changes in the Supreme Court in light of Justice Ginsburg’s death. Jim’s insights in these areas is spot on and timely.
     
    ALL MATERIALS IN THIS PODCAST ARE PROVIDED SOLELY FOR INFORMATIONAL  AND ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES. THE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE OR THE PROVISION OF LEGAL SERVICES. ALL LEGAL QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ANSWERED DIRECTLY BY A LICENSED ATTORNEY PRACTICING IN THE APPLICABLE AREA OF LAW.
     
    ©2020 Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  All Rights Reserved

    • 48 min
    A NanoBCA Retrospective — A Conversation with Vincent Caprio

    A NanoBCA Retrospective — A Conversation with Vincent Caprio

    This week I sat down with Vincent Caprio, Founder and Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA).  Vince has been on the forefront of nano innovations and optimizing opportunities for businesses to commercialize their nano creations for more than two decades.  In founding the NanoBCA, Vince has placed it at the center of nanotechnology commercialization, national policy, law, and business since the beginning of the public’s focus on nanotechnology.  NanoBCA has provided a much-needed spotlight on how nanotechnology has been a critical driver for the development of advanced materials, smart technology, innovations in chemistry, and a diverse range of other initiatives that have greatly benefited many economic sectors of the economy.  As Chair of the Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Committee of the NanoBCA, I have long admired Vince’s vision, organization-building skills, and his seemingly endless list of contacts -- there is no one in Washington, D.C., or elsewhere, whom Vince does not know!
    In our conversation, Vince shares a bit about the early days of nanotechnology, how NanoBCA helped frame critical EHS issues in a way that moved the technology forward, his relationship with and deep engagement in the activities of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, his engagement with key Senators and Representatives on nano matters, and what’s next for nanotechnology after the 2020 elections.
    ALL MATERIALS IN THIS PODCAST ARE PROVIDED SOLELY FOR INFORMATIONAL  AND ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES. THE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE OR THE PROVISION OF LEGAL SERVICES. ALL LEGAL QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ANSWERED DIRECTLY BY A LICENSED ATTORNEY PRACTICING IN THE APPLICABLE AREA OF LAW.
    ©2020 Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  All Rights Reserved

    • 40 min
    Pesticide Registration in a Pandemic — A Conversation with Sheryl Dolan

    Pesticide Registration in a Pandemic — A Conversation with Sheryl Dolan

    This week I sat down with Sheryl Lindros Dolan, Senior Regulatory Consultant at B&C and its consulting affiliate, The Acta Group.  Sheryl is on the front line of pesticide registration and engages in a remarkably diverse range of pesticides and pesticide devices.  Sheryl is particularly gifted at charting regulatory strategies for new and novel pesticide innovations and other agricultural chemical products like biostimulants, biopesticides, and other chemical products.  Sheryl’s training as a scientist and a lawyer is invaluable in guiding clients to obtaining their regulatory approvals swiftly and efficiently.
    Our conversation covers a broad range of topics beginning with a check-in with how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs is faring under our now not-so-new pandemic-focused times.  We discuss how EPA is addressing the greatly increased number of pesticide registration applications in response to the COVID-19 virus, the submission of emergency exemption applications under FIFRA Section 18, and how to manage client expectations, especially those harbored by innovators who believe their products will help protect against the virus and thus have a sense of urgency that is challenging to align with even accelerated government approval time lines.
    We also discuss EPA’s compliance advisory for pesticide devices making coronavirus claims and EPA’s continuing efforts to prevent the marketing of bogus products that are unregistered and thus illegal.  Sheryl’s expertise and broad experience in these areas make for a great conversation.
    ALL MATERIALS IN THIS PODCAST ARE PROVIDED SOLELY FOR INFORMATIONAL  AND ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES. THE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE OR THE PROVISION OF LEGAL SERVICES. ALL LEGAL QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ANSWERED DIRECTLY BY A LICENSED ATTORNEY PRACTICING IN THE APPLICABLE AREA OF LAW.

    • 32 min
    Implementing Lautenberg — A Conversation with former OPPT Director Jeffery T. Morris, Ph.D.

    Implementing Lautenberg — 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 the industrial chemical sector.  Jeff directed EPA’s implementation of the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and headed the office most immediately impacted by the significant changes brought about by the Lautenberg amendments.
    In our discussion, we talk about how Jeff and his OPPT colleagues managed the daunting task of implementing a new law, and how the Agency has fared since the law’s enactment four years ago.  We discuss Jeff’s interest in environmental justice, and how TSCA might be used to address the impact of environmental harms and their disproportionate adverse impact on people of color and the poor.
    We also discuss Jeff’s important role in EPA’s Office of Research and Development and its research program on nanomaterials and nanotechnology, and how his background prepared Jeff well for addressing TSCA’s application to emerging chemical technologies.
    We conclude by learning more about what Jeff is up to now in his new role as a principal in Jeff Morris Solutions, LLC.  I really enjoyed my conversation with Jeff.  He and I have known each other for many years, and I have long admired Jeff’s integrity, his commitment to public service, and his epic understanding of chemical policy, science, and regulation.
    ALL MATERIALS IN THIS PODCAST ARE PROVIDED SOLELY FOR INFORMATIONAL  AND ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES. THE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE OR THE PROVISION OF LEGAL SERVICES. ALL LEGAL QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ANSWERED DIRECTLY BY A LICENSED ATTORNEY PRACTICING IN THE APPLICABLE AREA OF LAW.
    ©2020 Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  All Rights Reserved

    • 56 min
    What’s going on at EPA right now? — A Conversation with Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.

    What’s going on at EPA right now? — A Conversation with Richard E. Engler, Ph.D.

    This week I sat down with Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., B&C’s Director of Chemistry, and all-around TSCA savant. Rich is an organic chemist and a 17-year veteran with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, where Rich managed the Green Chemistry Program and reviewed some 10,000 new chemical notifications.
    Given all that is going on at EPA with implementing the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which extensively amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Rich and I discussed a wide range of ongoing and planned EPA initiatives.  These include EPA’s risk evaluations under TSCA Section 6, progress EPA has made in reviewing new chemicals and work that remains to be done, how EPA has responded to staff and resources challenges, key ongoing litigations challenging various aspects of TSCA implementation, and what to look for as we approach the end of the calendar year and the impact of the pending National election.  Rich’s insights are always fascinating and enlightening, and our conversation is sparkling and entertaining.
    ALL MATERIALS IN THIS PODCAST ARE PROVIDED SOLELY FOR INFORMATIONAL  AND ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES. THE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE OR THE PROVISION OF LEGAL SERVICES. ALL LEGAL QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ANSWERED DIRECTLY BY A LICENSED ATTORNEY PRACTICING IN THE APPLICABLE AREA OF LAW.

    • 45 min

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