Kathleen M. Roberts
Vice President, B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C.

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BS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1986



As Vice President of B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), Kathleen Roberts is an essential resource for industry groups, providing cost effective administrative and management services to ensure their interests are protected and their voices heard on issues of concern. She offers demonstrated success and an impressive track record in this capacity, and is a recognized expert in chemical control regulations specifically under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Ms. Roberts is highly regarded as a leader in domestic and international science and policy program management, for industry groups engaged in legislative and regulatory advocacy, research, and public outreach and communications. In June 2013, Ms. Roberts was invited to provide expert testimony on understanding the history and impact of TSCA before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.

Ms. Roberts has more than 20 years of experience in chemical control issues related to TSCA. Her background as a toxicology lab technician gives her unique insights in contracting for research or regulatory-required testing. She has a large network of colleagues to draw from in various trade associations and chemical companies. She has been lauded for her logical and pragmatic approach to problem solving, and her ability to break down complicated programs and regulatory compliance issues into easy to understand concepts and simple stepwise approaches.

In her work, Ms. Roberts provides strategic management, technical input, and administrative support for industry consortia, including meeting/conference logistics, recordkeeping, budget development, accounting services, and membership recruitment and retention. She develops communication materials, including testimonies, press releases, web materials, and industry guidance. She enhances the benefits of a consortium, providing timely and accurate communications on domestic and international regulatory and legislative issues, and providing as needed access to specific experts to help consortia members achieve their advocacy goals.

Kathleen Roberts has served as an industry spokesperson at various national and international conferences, including the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers, ChemCon Americas, Responsible Care® Conference, and GlobalChem Conference.

Representative Engagements:

  • Organized, hosted, and participated in a critically important and timely workshop with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding interpretation and policies on byproduct reporting under the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule. The workshop included EPA review of various case studies, and resulted in additional EPA guidance on the CDR.
  • Provided comments and testimony at the 2011 California Carcinogen Identification Committee for several clients, resulting in the desired lower prioritization score for future California regulatory attention.
  • Advocated successfully with the U.S. Coast Guard in regard to proposed amendments to International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations that would adversely impact the chemical/metals industry, which resulted in our client's position being adopted at the March 2011 IMO meeting.
  • Organized a workshop at the California Environmental Protection Agency that brought together manufacturers, academia, instrumentation experts, and researchers to share information on nanomaterials in environmental matrices. With high marks from numerous California regulatory groups, workshop output will be organized into a publication focused on informing other state or local nanomaterials regulatory groups.
  • Led a comprehensive stakeholder outreach campaign that resulted in hundreds of letters received by EPA. The effort asked users of a particular pesticide product to write to EPA regarding the benefits of the product, the lack of available economic options, and the adverse impact of an EPA cancellation.


Lynn L. Bergeson, Richard E. Engler, Charles M. Auer, and Kathleen M. Roberts, "New Chemicals Under New TSCA—Stalled Commercialization," Bloomberg Environment Insights, September 11-13, 2018.

Kathleen M. Roberts, Kate Shenk, "Proposal for a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Representation and Equivalency Determinations for Renewable and Sustainable Bio-based Chemicals," BRAG/BIO White Paper, April 2018.

Lynn L. Bergeson, Charles M. Auer, Co-Editors; Timothy D. Backstrom, Lisa R. Burchi, Lisa M. Campbell, Sheryl L. Dolan, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Margaret R. Graham, Oscar Hernandez, Ph.D., Carla N. Hutton, Kathleen M. Roberts, Contributing Authors, New TSCA: A Guide to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and Its Implementation, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (2017).

Kathleen M. Roberts, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Charles M. Auer, Lynn L. Bergeson, "An Analysis of Section 8 of the New Toxic Substances Control Act," BNA Daily Environment Report, August 9, 2016.

Kathleen M. Roberts, "How to Make Friends and Win EPA Approvals: tips for biobased chemicals," Biofuels Digest, May 28, 2014.

Lynn L. Bergeson, Kathleen M. Roberts, "Promoting Renewable Chemicals," The Environmental Forum, January/February, 2014.

Lynn L. Bergeson, Kathleen M. Roberts, and Heidi B. Lewis, "Why BRAG™ Before You Go to Market? The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG) Helps Companies Commercialize Their Products," Industrial Biotechnology, August 2013.

Lisa R. Burchi, Charles M. Auer, Kathleen M. Roberts, and Lynn L. Bergeson, "Are TSCA Section 8(b)(2) Statutory Mixture Categories Subject to Reporting Under the Chemical Data Reporting Rule?," Bloomberg BNA Toxics Law Reporter, April 12, 2012.

Kathleen M. Roberts, "EPCRA – One Acronym, Many Facets Impacting NACD Membership," Chemical Distributor, January/February 2012.

Lynn L. Bergeson & Kathleen M. Roberts, "Deconstructing EPA's Chemical Data Reporting Rule," Law360, August 17, 2011.

Charles A. Staples, James B. Williams, Gordon R. Craig, and Kathleen M. Roberts, "Fate, effects and potential environmental risks of ethylene glycol: a review," Chemosphere, March 2000.

Speaking Engagements:

WEBINAR - The New TSCA Webinar 3: Inventory, CDR, and CBI,” Chemical Watch (September 12, 2016).

"Women in Biotechnology," BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy, San Diego, CA, December 7, 2014.

"The Biobased Economy and Green Chemistry -- U.S. Regulatory Background," 2nd Annual Chemical Watch U.S. Regulatory Summit, Washington, D.C., December 2-3, 2014.

"TSCA Reform -- When Will It Come and What Will Happen While We Wait?," ALBC Next 2014, San Francisco, CA, November 10-12, 2014.

Presenter, "The Here and Now of TSCA Regulations on Biobased Chemicals."  Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, San Diego, CA, December 10, 2013.

Moderator of a panel discussion on "Safer Product Groups & Sustainable Brands Perspectives on Current & Future Policy," 3rd Safer Consumer Products Summit - National Policy Outlook, Washington, D.C., September 17-19, 2013.

Presenter, "Commercializing Renewable Chemicals and TSCA: Getting To Yes." Workshop at the 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Montreal, Canada, June 18, 2013.

Provided expert testimony at the hearing: "Title 1 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): Understanding its History and Reviewing its Impact" convened by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, Washington, D.C., June 13, 2013.

Presenter, "Commercializing Renewable Chemicals: What You Need To Know About TSCA." Webinar presented by the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Consortium (BRAG™) and the Society for the Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology, June 12, 2013.

Moderator of a panel discussion "Home and Personal Care Value Chain: Leaning on the Supply Chain for Data Sharing and Innovative new Chemicals and Formulations," Safer Consumer Products Summit, San Francisco, California, April 3, 2013.


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