Lynn L. Bergeson

Lynn L. Bergeson

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EPA Issues Response to ICTA Petition Regarding Nanosilver

Almost seven years ago, the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) filed a petition for rulemaking requesting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate products containing nanosilver as...more

3/26/2015 - EPA Nanosilver NEPA Pesticides Rulemaking Process

IARC Announces Cancer Classification for Glyphosate and Other Pesticides

On March 20, 2015, the United Nations World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced it had completed evaluations assessing the carcinogenicity of five organophosphate pesticides....more

3/26/2015 - Cancer Pesticides World Health Organization

French Agency Publishes Opinion on Silver Nanoparticles

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) published on March 10, 2015, an Opinion concerning exposure to silver nanoparticles that “stresses the research that has been carried out to...more

3/25/2015 - France Information Reports Nanomaterials Nanosilver

Industrialization Of Biology Report Released By The National Academies

On March 13, 2015, the National Academies issued Industrialization Of Biology: A Roadmap To Accelerate The Advanced Manufacturing Of Chemicals, a 143-page report prepared in response to a request from the U.S. Department of...more

3/24/2015 - Biobased Chemicals Chemicals DOE Information Reports Manufacturers National Science Foundation

EPA Releases Notice On The GHG Emissions Of Pennycress Oil

On March 12, 2015, Christopher Grundler, Director of EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, signed the Notice Of Opportunity to Comment on an Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and...more

3/24/2015 - Biofuel Comment Period Energy Sector EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas

Biofuel Legislation In Minnesota Criticized For Focus On Corn

The Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota is advocating strongly for two bills in the state that if passed would result in a two-year, $5 million production incentive for producers, and a capital loan equipment program. ...more

3/24/2015 - Biofuel Funding Legislative Agendas Renewable Energy

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. ...more

3/24/2015 - Congressional Investigations & Hearings Proposed Legislation TSCA

NNI Publishes Supplement to President's 2016 Budget

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published on March 11, 2015, its supplement to the President’s 2016 budget submitted to Congress. NNI states that the supplement serves as the NNI annual report....more

3/20/2015 - Energy Sector Federal Budget Nanotechnology Solar Energy

NNI Publishes Proceedings of Meeting on Carbon Nanotube Commercialization

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published on March 12, 2015, the proceedings of a September 15, 2014, meeting on “Realizing the Promise of Carbon Nanotubes: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Pathway to...more

3/18/2015 - Carbon Nanotubes Commercial Use NASA

EPA and ACC Reach Settlement Regarding Antimicrobial Pesticide Data Requirements

On March 2, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) executed a settlement agreement (Agreement) following the ACC’s petition for judicial review of EPA’s...more

3/17/2015 - Chemicals EPA Final Rules Food Safety Judicial Review Pesticides Settlement USDA

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Discuss RFS At 2015 Iowa Ag Summit

On March 7, 2015, the 2015 Iowa Ag Summit brought together several Republican Presidential hopefuls to discuss agricultural issues, including the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), in the United States. ...more

3/17/2015 - Agriculture Political Debates Renewable Energy Renewable Fuel Standard

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)....more

3/17/2015 - Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act Chemicals EPA Pending Legislation Preemption TSCA

EPA Unveils Safer Choice Label

Last week, EPA unveiled the new Safer Choice label. According to the EPA website, a product with the Safer Choice label means that EPA scientists have reviewed every ingredient in that product to ensure they meet the rigorous...more

3/17/2015 - EPA Food Labeling Food Safety

Australian Renewable Energy Agency Announces Funding For Biofuel Production

On February 24, 2015, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced $5.2 million in funding that would go to the design and construction of a pilot scale biofuel production facility in Perth. ...more

3/10/2015 - Australia Biofuel Energy Projects Energy Sector Funding Renewable Energy

DOE Announces Third Round Of START Program

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the third round of Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance that provides tribal governments and...more

3/10/2015 - DOE Energy Projects Federal Funding Renewable Energy Tribal Governments

Low Carbon Fuel Bill Passed In Oregon Senate

On February 26, 2015, the Oregon State Senate passed Senate Bill 324 (SB 324), a measure that would require fuel producers to reduce the amount of carbon in car and truck fuels....more

3/10/2015 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Fuel Standards Low Carbon Fuel Standard New Legislation Oil & Gas Trucking Industry

USDA Amends BCAP

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule amending the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) to implement changes required by the 2014 Farm Bill. BCAP provides financial assistance to owners...more

3/10/2015 - Biomass Farm Bill Final Rules USDA

BRDI Grants For Science And Engineering Research

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) is accepting research and education grant applications for projects to integrate science and engineering research in...more

3/10/2015 - Biomass Federal Grants Grants Research and Development USDA

RFS Hearing And Legislation

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittees on Energy and Power and Environment and the Economy held a joint hearing on "The Fiscal Year 2016 EPA Budget." ...more

3/10/2015 - Appropriations Bill Congressional Investigations & Hearings Energy Policy EPA Federal Budget Legislative Committees Renewable Energy Renewable Fuel Standard

EPA Updates Pesticide Registration Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an updated schedule for the Pesticide Registration Review program that sets forth a timetable for opening dockets for the next three years, through end of fiscal year 2017...more

3/9/2015 - EPA FIFRA Pesticides

Canada Seeks Comment on Proposed Approach to Address Nanoscale Substances on the DSL

Environment Canada and Health Canada have released a February 2015 consultation document entitled Proposed Approach to Address Nanoscale Forms of Substances on the Domestic Substances List.  ...more

3/5/2015 - Canada Nanoscale Public Comment

EFSA Scientific Network of Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed Publishes 2014 Annual Report

On February 16, 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published the 2014 annual report of the EFSA Scientific Network of Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed, which is intended to inform the public...more

2/27/2015 - EU European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Food Safety Food Supply Nanotechnology

European Chemicals Agency Releases Practical Guide on Biocidal Products Regulation

Not a moment too soon, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) released a useful and clearly written Practical Guide on Biocidal Products Regulation, ECHA-14-B-19-EN. ECHA is the European Union (EU) agency tasked with...more

2/27/2015 - Biocides Chemicals ECHA EU

DOE’s Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee Schedules Meeting

On February 17, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Open Meeting for the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (the Committee)....more

2/25/2015 - DOE Energy Sector Regulatory Agenda

USDA Releases 2016 Budget Request, Continues To Support Rural Renewable Energy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its fiscal year 2016 budget request on February 2, 2015. The proposed budget is $156 billion total, with $6 billion going directly to loans that will encourage cleaner fossil...more

2/19/2015 - Federal Budget Federal Funding Renewable Energy USDA

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