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2018 Chemical Policy Summit Series Part I: Chemical Regulation in 2018: A Sneak Preview of Things to Come


This is a virtual event, accessible over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


This is a complimentary program sponsored by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

This is Part 1 of the 5-part 2018 Chemical Policy Summit Series.  To learn more about the series, please click here.

What a difference a year makes! To some extent, the surprise of 2016 -- the election of Donald J. Trump as President -- did make many predicted changes about life in Washington, D.C. for 2017 come true. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget proposal reflects serious cuts, environmental policies were reversed, rules were withdrawn, several promulgated regulations were Congressionally invalidated, and new leadership positions remain open in several program offices. For chemical practitioners, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) implementation has dominated the headlines, with pesticide issues following closely behind.

Join us for a focused discussion, featuring Nancy B. Beck, Ph.D., a top EPA Administration leader, of priorities facing EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), focusing on TSCA implementation issues and many hot topics in the pesticide area, including Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) issues such as glyphosate, pollinators, and much more.

This program may be especially helpful for small and large chemical manufacturers and the trade associations that serve them; downstream customers; retailers; original equipment manufacturers (OEM); consultants; attorneys; and government affairs representatives.

Educational Objectives:
• Key regulatory, scientific, and policy challenges facing OCSPP and industry
• Program priorities for OCSPP leadership in 2018
• TSCA and FIFRA initiatives likely to proceed in the New Year

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, Associate Attorneys, Of Counsel, C-Suite/President/EVP, SVP/VP, Directors, Managers, Supervisors; Law Firm Attorneys, especially Partners, Practice Group Leaders, and Assistant Managing Partners.


James V. Aidala
  • Senior Government Affairs Consultant
  • Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

James V. Aidala has been intimately involved with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) legislative reauthorization and key regulatory matters for over two decades.  Prior to joining Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), Mr. Aidala was formerly the Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances (OPPTS) (now the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP)).  As Associate Assistant Administrator for OPPTS, he led the team responsible for legislative drafting of the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA).

Together with his previous positions at high levels of government agencies, Mr. Aidala has 30 years of experience in both the legislative and executive branch in a variety of senior positions.  He offers extensive involvement in both crafting and implementing the legislative and regulatory policies that underlie current EPA regulatory policies and practices for regulating pesticides and chemicals.

Charles M. Auer
  • Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor
  • Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

For more than three decades, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with B&C, has provided sagacious, informed, and deeply insightful guidance on legal, policy, and scientific matters related to the regulation of chemicals under TSCA and related domestic and international chemical control laws. Mr. Auer’s experience includes over 32 years at EPA, most recently as the Director of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) that was responsible for implementation of TSCA.

Few people have managed or been as intimately involved in the application and interpretation of as many chemical regulatory requirements and policies as Mr. Auer, or have delved so deeply into the workability, implementation, and strategic issues facing “new” TSCA as a result of the sweeping changes made to TSCA under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Mr. Auer’s inherent understanding of how EPA operates and his prodigious analysis of the new law allows him to counsel clients on strategies and approaches to prepare for implementation of new TSCA, and to help clients maintain compliance and seize commercial opportunities revealed by each new precedent-setting chemical review, determination, and rulemaking from EPA. 

Nancy B. Beck, Ph.D., D.A.B.T.®
  • Deputy Assistant Administrator
  • EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

Dr. Beck is currently the Deputy Assistant Administrator for OCSPP. Before her position at EPA, she was the Senior Director of Regulatory Science Policy at the American Chemistry Council.  From 2002 through January 2012, she was a Toxicologist and Science Policy Analyst at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, within the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Since 2002, Dr. Beck has been using her public health background and toxicology expertise to review regulations related to health and the environment and to review, inform, and improve many public health and policy decisions made by federal agencies.  At OMB, Dr. Beck played a key role in overseeing the implementation of the government wide Information Quality Guidelines, the Information Quality Bulletin on Peer Review, and the OMB/Office of Science and Technology Policy Memorandum on Principles for Risk Analysis.  In addition, Dr. Beck was the OMB lead for the U.S.-European Union (EU) International dialogue on risk assessment, a dialogue that was started in 2007 to encourage cooperation at the scientific and technical level.  This dialogue focused strongly on improving the communication of risk information.  She was also a lead for coordinating U.S. regulatory policies related to nanotechnology.

Lynn L. Bergeson
  • Managing Partner
  • Bergeson & Campbell, P. C.

Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), Lynn L. Bergeson has earned an international reputation for her deep and expansive understanding of TSCA, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, and especially how these regulatory programs pertain to nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, and other emerging transformative technologies.  Her knowledge of and involvement in the policy process allows her to develop client-focused strategies whether advocating before Congress, EPA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or other governance and standard-setting bodies.

Ms. Bergeson counsels corporations, trade associations, and business consortia on a wide range of issues including chemical hazard, exposure and risk assessment, risk communication, minimizing legal liability, and evolving regulatory and policy matters pertinent to conventional, biobased, and nanoscale chemicals, particularly with respect to TSCA, FIFRA, the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), REACH and REACH-like programs, and U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) matters.  

Continuing Education

COA, 1.0 CLE
Practice Areas:
Legal, EHS
A basic understanding of chemical regulation issues.
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