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EPA Issues Direct Final SNURs for Carbon Nanotube (Generic) and Nanocarbon (Generic)

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated on September 21, 2017, significant new use rules (SNUR) for 37 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN).  Six of the chemical substances, including carbon nanotube (generic) and nanocarbon (generic), are subject to consent orders issued by EPA under Section 4 of the Toxic Substances… Continue Reading

TURI Publishes Nanomaterials Fact Sheet

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
In August 2017, the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), a research, education, and policy center established by the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act of 1989, published a nanomaterials fact sheet.  The fact sheet is part of a series of chemical and material fact sheets developed by TURI that are intended to help Massachusetts companies, community… Continue Reading

NIOSH Engineering Controls Program Protects Workers from Emerging Hazards

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On September 6, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Program Performance One-Pager entitled NIOSH Engineering Controls Program.  The Program’s activities include providing engineering control recommendations to protect workers from emerging hazards in nanotechnology and advanced materials used in additive manufacturing/three-dimensional (3D) printing.  The Program is currently working to: Complete… Continue Reading

Technology Development Pathways Workshop Will Highlight NNI Case Studies

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The “Technology Development Pathways:  Case Studies from the [National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)]” workshop will be held November 1, 2017.  According to NNI, the workshop will showcase application areas where nanotechnology has had commercial impact.  Keynote presentations will highlight the pathways companies have taken to get from research to commercialization.  Panel discussions will focus on specific… Continue Reading

NIOSH Draft Research Agenda for Manufacturing Addresses Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On August 23, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice requesting comment on its draft National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for Manufacturing for public comment.  The NORA Manufacturing Sector Council wrote the Agenda, which “identifies the most important occupational safety and health research needs for the next… Continue Reading

2017 EU-U.S. Workshop Will Be Held September 7-8, 2017

Posted in International, United States
The 2017 European Union (EU)-U.S. “Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop” will be held September 7-8, 2017, at the University of Birmingham.  The workshop will be activity-driven, and the activity will be to consider current (and future) approaches to nano environmental and health safety (nanoEHS) research to close the gap between research and regulation.  The… Continue Reading

NIOSH Report Highlighting Second Decade of Research Agenda Includes Nano Developments

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On August 10, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report entitled National Occupational Research Agenda:  Second Decade in Review | 2006-2016.  The report outlines the progress and impact made in addressing occupational safety and health research needs over the second decade of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA).  The… Continue Reading

EPA Publishes Final Guidance as Final TSCA Section 8(a) Rule Takes Effect

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On August 14, 2017, as the final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a) information gathering rule on nanomaterials took effect, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published “working guidance” intended to assist stakeholders in complying with the rule.  The working guidance notes that it “will not provide answers to all of the potential questions… Continue Reading

NIEHS Using Survey to Update 2012-2017 Strategic Plan

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), wrote an editorial in Environmental Health Perspectives on “Updating the NIEHS Strategic Plan.”  According to Birnbaum, NIEHS is developing a plan to guide its next five years and seeks broad input.  NIEHS has created an online survey, “Trends & Insights: Next Steps for… Continue Reading

USDA Awards $4.6 Million in Nanotechnology Research Grants

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
On July 20, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 13 grants worth $4.6 million for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies and systems to meet the growing demand for food, fuel, and fiber.  NIFA states that funded projects support nanotechnology-based solutions that improve… Continue Reading

NIOSH Submits Proposed Survey to OMB, Will Accept Comments for 30 Days

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On July 17, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice announcing it submitted a proposed information collection to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval.  The proposed project is “Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health Practices.”  As reported in our February 14,… Continue Reading

NIOSH Publishes Chapter on Analysis of Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers on Filters by Transmission Electron Microscopy

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published a chapter in the fifth edition of the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM) entitled “Analysis of Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers on Mixed Cellulose Ester Filters by Transmission Electron Microscopy.”  The draft chapter provides standardized approaches for the analysis of carbon nanoparticles.  The chapter… Continue Reading

EPA Regulatory Agenda Item Revised to Remove, Then Add Back TBD Effective Date

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
Since July 20, 2017, when the Trump Administration published its Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, the entry for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) item (RIN 2070-AJ54) concerning the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a) reporting rule for nanoscale materials has been revised at least twice.  As reported in our July 20,… Continue Reading

NanoEHS Webinar Will Address How NNCI Nodes Support Environmental Research

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) will hold a webinar on July 27, 2017, entitled “The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) Nodes and Environmental Research: Examples from the Field.”  The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports NNCI, which includes 16 user facility sites, their affiliated partners, and a coordinating office.  NNCI sites provide researchers, academics, small and… Continue Reading

EPA’s Regulatory Agenda Includes TSCA Section 8(a) Nanomaterials Rule with TBD Effective Date

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On July 20, 2017, the Trump Administration published its Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.  The Agenda includes a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) item (RIN 2070-AJ54) concerning the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a) reporting rule for nanoscale materials.  According to the Agenda item, the final rule effective date is “To Be… Continue Reading

Appellate Court Vacates Conditional Nanosilver Registration

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit responded to two petitions for review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) conditional registration of a nanosilver pesticide product and vacated the conditional registration.  NRDC v. EPA, No. 15-72308.  The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as well as the Center for… Continue Reading

SEMI Will Host Webcast on New TSCA Requirements for Nanoscale Materials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On June 1, 2017, in concert with industry partners, SEMI will host an information-sharing webcast concerning the new regulatory requirements for nanoscale materials under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Jim Alwood, Program Manager in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chemical Control Division, will provide a summary and answer questions about the new TSCA… Continue Reading

Registration Open for NanoEHS Webinar on Voluntary Standards and Their Role in Enhancing the Quality of Scientific Research

Posted in International, Research, United States
Registration is now open for a May 24, 2017, webinar on “An Introduction to Voluntary Standards and Their Role in Enhancing the Quality of Scientific Research.”  According to the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), the safe development and commercialization of nanotechnology depends on the availability of internationally agreed upon standards.  Such standards enable the use… Continue Reading

EPA Seeks Comment on Draft Guidance for Nanoscale Materials Reporting Rule

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register notice on May 16, 2017, announcing the availability of and requesting public comment on a draft guidance document entitled “Guidance on EPA’s Section 8(a) Information Gathering Rule on Nanomaterials in Commerce.”  82 Fed. Reg. 22452.  The promised guidance provides answers to questions EPA has received… Continue Reading

EPA Will Publish Draft Guidance for Reporting Nanoscale Materials for Comment

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to publish a Federal Register notice on May 16, 2017, announcing the availability of and requesting public comment on a draft guidance document entitled “Guidance on EPA’s Section 8(a) Information Gathering Rule on Nanomaterials in Commerce.”  EPA states in the pre-publication notice that the guidance provides answers… Continue Reading

EPA Delays Effective Date of TSCA Section 8(a) Rule Concerning Nanoscale Materials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on May 12, 2017, a Federal Register notice delaying the effective date of the January 12, 2017, rule concerning Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a) reporting requirements from May 12, 2017, to August 14, 2017.  EPA notes that Section 553(b)(1)(B) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) allows… Continue Reading

NanoImpact Publishes Special Issue Based on Eighth International Congress of Nanotoxicology

Posted in International, Research, United States
NanoImpact has published a special issue based on work presented at the Eighth International Congress of Nanotoxicology, which was held June 2-4, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts.  The theme was “A Decade of Nanotoxicology:  Impact on Human Health and the Environment.”  The Editorial by the associate guest editors, Dhimiter Bello and David T. Leong, states that… Continue Reading

EPA Will Delay Effective Date of TSCA Section 8(a) Rule Concerning Nanoscale Materials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to publish on May 12, 2017, a Federal Register notice delaying the effective date of the January 12, 2017, rule concerning Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a) reporting requirements from May 12, 2017, to August 14, 2017.  EPA notes that Section 553(b)(1)(B) of the Administrative Procedure… Continue Reading

Lynn L. Bergeson Will Speak at 16th Annual NanoBusiness Commercialization Association Conference

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) will hold its 16th annual conference on June 15, 2017, in Washington, D.C.  Speakers will include Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., as well as: Jim Phillips, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NanoMech Corporation; Doyle Edwards, Director, Government Programs, Brewer Science; Matthew Putman, Ph.D., CEO, Nanotronics… Continue Reading