Partner Thomas Berger Quoted in Article on Reaction to TSCA Overhaul Bill

Date: Aug 13, 2010

Keller and Heckman Partner Thomas C. Berger was quoted in a July 26, 2010 Daily Environmental Report article on the reaction of industry and environmental groups to a bill introduced July 22 by Reps. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) that would overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The article noted that industry and environmental groups have said that the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010 (H.R. 5820) is "a step in the right direction toward modernizing U.S. chemical safety law." However, the article also pointed out concerns that industry has with the bill, particularly concerning protection of confidential business information.

In the article, Mr. Berger cautioned that, "Under this bill EPA [the Environmental Protection Agency] would be controlling the pace of innovation, not economics and science." He also questioned how EPA could devote the resources required to manage what he termed a "massive regulatory scheme." The article noted that Mr. Berger specializes in the regulation and approval of new and existing chemicals under TSCA. Mr. Berger also said that effective TSCA reform "should be approached with a scalpel not a hatchet."

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