The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG) helps members develop and bring to market their innovative biobased and renewable chemical products through insightful policy and regulatory advocacy. BRAG is managed by B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C., an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On March 2, 2017, Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), participated as a panelist alongside four other trade associations in the “Domestic Policy Forum” at the 2017 Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC2017).  Ms. Roberts discussed the challenges facing the bioeconomy, including the implementation of the amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), issues with the TSCA nomenclature system, and the potential for increased scrutiny of renewable products under the current Administration, as well as the work being done by BRAG to address these challenges and to level the playing field for biobased chemicals.  If companies wish to ensure equitable regulations for biobased chemicals and products, they should consider joining BRAG to assist with future engagement with EPA.

On March 2, 2017, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist for Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), presented “New TSCA: How Renewable Chemicals Survive and Thrive” at ABLC2017.  Dr. Engler presented as part of the Renewable Chemicals Summit and provided an overview of amended TSCA with a focus on the fundamental changes that will impact the bioeconomy.  Amendments to TSCA Section 5 require EPA to make an affirmative determination on every new chemical review, which has resulted in significantly more regulations for new chemicals.  Additionally, under amended TSCA, Congress has the authority to preempt state action, and EPA has increased testing authorities, as well as the authority to determine chemical substances as equivalent and the authority to increase fees under Sections 4, 5, 6, and 14.  For a copy of this presentation, please contact Dr. Engler at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tags: ABLC, TSCA, B&C, BRAG

 

The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2017 (ABLC 2017) will be held March 1 - 3, 2017, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.  ABLC is the gathering point for top leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy -- bringing together the entire spectrum of advanced fuels, chemicals, and materials chief executive officers (CEO) and senior executives, business developers, research and development (R&D) leaders, strategic partners, financiers, equity analysts, policymakers, and industry suppliers.   Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist for Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C ® ), and Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director of BRAG, are featured speakers.  Register online.

 

ABLC 2017 is a connected series of five conferences on pressing issues in the Bioeconomy.  These conferences are:  

  1. The 8th Annual Advanced Fuels Summit -- focused this year on Advanced Biomass Diesel and BioCrude, and Advanced Alcohols and Alternatives to gasoline;

     

  2. The 7th Annual Renewable Chemicals Summit -- focused this year on Organic Acids and 1-Step to Higher Value Chemicals;

     

  3. The 8th Annual Aviation Biofuels Summit;

     

  4. The 3rd Annual ABLC Feedstocks Summit; and

     

  5. The 1st ABLC Gas Conversion & Markets Summit.
     


 

The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2017 (ABLC 2017) will be held March 1 - 3, 2017, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.  ABLC is the gathering point for top leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy -- bringing together the entire spectrum of advanced fuels, chemicals, and materials CEOs and senior executives, business developers, R&D leaders, strategic partners, financiers, equity analysts, policymakers, and industry suppliers.  Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist for Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director of BRAG, are featured speakers.  Register online.

ABLC 2017 is a connected series of five conferences on pressing issues in the Bioeconomy.  These conferences are:  

  1. The 8th Annual Advanced Fuels Summit -- focused this year on Advanced Biomass Diesel and BioCrude, and Advanced Alcohols and Alternatives to gasoline;

     

  2. The 7th Annual Renewable Chemicals Summit -- focused this year on Organic Acids and 1-Step to Higher Value Chemicals;

     

  3. The 8th Annual Aviation Biofuels Summit;

     

  4. The 3rd Annual ABLC Feedstocks Summit; and

     

  5. The 1st ABLC Gas Conversion & Markets Summit.  


 

On February 18, 2016, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist at Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), presented at Cellulosic Fuels: First Commercials and Beyond, a session at the ABLC2016. Dr. Engler's presentation, "TSCA and the Cellulosic Revolution," covered Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) nomenclature, chemical Inventory, and model manufacturing process issues for cellulosic products. The presentation discussed the differences in nomenclature between Class I and Class II substances on the TSCA Inventory, and what regulatory responsibilities are triggered by different uses of substances. While cellulose is a naturally occurring substance, it is only automatically included on the Inventory if it is unprocessed or if it is processed using only a few narrowly defined methods that specifically exclude chemical modifications. This definition results in chemical notification requirements that may not be anticipated by companies unfamiliar with TSCA. Dr. Engler fielded several questions from session attendees during the Q&A period. In response to a question regarding whether biobased fuel and chemicals produced in Europe, China, or Brazil would face regulatory requirements similar to TSCA, Dr. Engler confirmed that many substances would be regulated by the European Union's (EU) Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, by Decrees Number 7 and Number 591 in China, and by similar but less well-defined programs in Brazil. He also stated that B&C affiliate The Acta Group (Acta®) offers expert guidance for companies doing business in Europe, Asia, and South America. Dr. Engler was also asked if a mixture made of substances, all of which can be found on the TSCA Inventory, would be subject to a new listing on the Inventory. He responded that a mixture of TSCA-listed substances would not be subject to additional reporting requirements, but that many biobased substances are of more variable composition, and would be considered unknown or variable composition, complex reaction products and biological materials (UVCB). He advised companies to get expert help in identifying the correct identity of their products and processes.

For more information or to request copies of the presentation materials, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tags: ABLC2016, TSCA

 

The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2016 (ABLC 2016) will be held February 17-19, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. ABLC is the gathering point for top leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy -- bringing together the entire spectrum of advanced fuels, chemicals, and materials CEOs and senior executives, business development, R&D leaders, strategic partners, financiers, equity analysts, policymakers, and industry suppliers.

Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist for Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), will present "TSCA and the Cellulosic Revolution" during the "Cellulosic fuels: first commercials and beyond" session on February 18, "a look at first commercials and multi-year, multi-location deployments - who's adopting, what feedstocks, what policy supports are working, and where."

Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), will present "Cooperative Efforts Critical in Reducing Regulatory Commercialization Obstacles: A BRAG Update," on February 19 during the "Consortia and Partnerships" session. Changing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policies to eliminate the regulatory inequity for novel source substances requires strong coordinated and collaborative efforts from the industry. BRAG successfully advocated for reduced reporting for the biodiesel industry in 2015, and Ms. Roberts will present opportunities for further engagement from impacted stakeholders to achieve similar success for novel biobased chemicals made from algae, microbes, or non-traditional plant sources.


 

The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) is underway in Washington, and the discussions and presentations have been lively. At the opening "Policy Outlook" forum Wednesday morning, Biofuels Digest Editor Jim Lane welcomed the leaders gathered, including more than 130 C-level attendees, and introduced the heads of the "7 families" on the dais representing the key trade groups involved in biobased policy, one of which is the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®).

In her comments, Kathleen Roberts, Executive Director of BRAG, harkened back to Chicago cop Jimmy Malone's (Sean Connery) dying words from the movie The Untouchables to paint a picture for the audience illustrating the significance of the TSCA reform opportunity before them. "What are you prepared to do?" Roberts implored those gathered, who have fought so hard to innovate and commercialize and become "card-carrying members of the chemical manufacturing industry," to not let this once in a generation opportunity to influence the future of chemical regulatory law pass them by. "This industry segment needs to engage now -- or be willing to live with what others decide. It could be another 40 years before change occurs again. So again I ask you, what are you prepared to do?"

A full update from ABLC will be in next week's Biobased Policy and News Report.

 
Tags: ABLC, TSCA