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OEHHA Posts Comments on Revised Proposed Regulation for Hazard Traits and Environmental and Toxicological Endpoints

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has posted comments received on its July 29, 2011, revised proposed regulation concerning the specification of hazard traits, environmental and toxicological endpoints, and other relevant data that are to be included in California’s Toxics Information Clearinghouse.  The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will use information… Continue Reading

Meeting of Nano Interests Held in Washington, D.C.

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On September 22, 2011, during a meeting of nano interests in Washington, D.C., the following people spoke: Jeffrey Weiss, Senior Director, Technical Barriers to Trade, Office of the United States Trade Representative, “U.S. Trade Policy and Nanotechnology”; Richard A. Canady, Ph.D., Director, Center for Human Health Risk Assessment Research Foundation, International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI),… Continue Reading

SNWG Releases Statement Concerning Nanosilver

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Silver Nanotechnology Working Group (SNWG) recently prepared a statement concerning nanosilver and its long history of safe and regulated use. SNWG notes the similarities between nanosilver and other antimicrobial silver materials available in the marketplace.  SNWG states that it “has interacted with the [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)] in challenged exchanges on how best to… Continue Reading

Denmark Publishes Literature Review for Seven Nanomaterials

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research
Earlier this month the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA) published a document entitled Survey on Basic Knowledge about Exposure and Potential Environmental and Health Risks for Selected Nanomaterials, which is intended to provide an overview of the existing knowledge about seven of the most common nanomaterials, their environmental and health properties, the use of those… Continue Reading

Presentations Available from US-EU Workshop: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts

Posted in International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has posted the presentations from the March 10-11, 2011, workshop entitled “US-EU: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts,” which was intended to continue the robust dialogue between the U.S. and European Union (EU) on issues of shared concern pertinent to nanotechnology research initiatives. The workshop covered the following areas: Significant discussion about environmental, health,… Continue Reading

NANO Act Promotes Development and Responsible Stewardship of Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) re-introduced on August 1, 2011, the Nanotechnology Advancement and New Opportunities Act (NANO Act), which seeks to promote the development and responsible stewardship of nanotechnology in the U.S. According to Rep. Honda, the legislation is designed to maintain the U.S.’s leadership role in nanotechnology research by promoting the development and commercialization of… Continue Reading

IATP Criticizes Development of Nanotechnology Products Without Regulatory Oversight

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) issued a June 29, 2011, report entitled Racing Ahead: U.S. Agri-Nanotechnology in the Absence of Regulation, which claims that at least 1,300 products with engineered nanotechnology materials (ENM) have been commercialized, “despite myriad uncertainties about the public health and environmental effects of ENMs.” According to the report, several steps… Continue Reading

OEHHA Revises Proposed Regulation for Hazard Traits and Environmental and Toxicological Endpoints

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced on July 29, 2011, that it revised its proposed regulation concerning the specification of hazard traits, environmental and toxicological end-points, and other relevant data that are to be included in California’s Toxics Information Clearinghouse.  The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will use information from… Continue Reading

Comment Deadline Approaches for EPA’s Policy on Nanoscale Materials in Pesticide Products

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues
Comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed policy on nanoscale materials in pesticide products are due August 17, 2011. EPA offers two approaches for obtaining the information EPA believes it needs concerning nanoscale materials in pesticide products. Under the first approach, EPA would use Section 6(a)(2) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)… Continue Reading

NNI Releases Reports from EHS Workshops

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On July 19, 2011, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) announced the release of four reports from a series of workshops focusing on issues in the nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (EHS) arena. According to NNI, the workshops were a part of an ongoing strategy to coordinate nanotechnology-related EHS research by convening experts from industry, academia, and… Continue Reading

EPA Regulatory Agenda Includes Notices Concerning Nanoscale Materials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) July 7, 2011, Regulatory Agenda includes several notices concerning nanoscale materials: Test Rule for Certain Nanoscale Materials — EPA states that it is developing a test rule under Section 4(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require manufacturers (defined by statute to include importers) and processors of… Continue Reading

EPA Extends Comment Period on Nanoscale Materials in Pesticide Products

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to publish a Federal Register notice on July 13, 2011, extending the comment period concerning possible approaches for obtaining information about what nanoscale materials are present in registered pesticide products until August 17, 2011. EPA states that it received requests from CropLife America, the Biocides Panel of the… Continue Reading

EPA Proposes Policy on Nanoscale Materials in Pesticide Products

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the June 17, 2011, Federal Register a notice describing several possible approaches for obtaining certain additional information on the composition of pesticide products. EPA focuses particularly on information about what nanoscale materials are present in registered pesticide products, and defines “nanoscale material” as “an active or inert ingredient… Continue Reading

EPA Proposes Policy on Nanoscale Materials in Pesticide Products

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on June 9, 2011, a pre-publication copy of a forthcoming Federal Register notice describing several possible approaches for obtaining certain additional information on the composition of pesticide products. EPA focuses particularly on information about what nanoscale materials are present in registered pesticide products, and defines “nanoscale material” as “an… Continue Reading

UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment Publishes Recommendations for Addressing Health Risks from Nanomaterials in California

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
Last week, the University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment announced the publication of its “Recommendations for Addressing Potential Health Risks from Nanomaterials in California,” which provides recommendations for addressing potential health risks from nanomaterials to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and to the state of… Continue Reading

EPA Issues Final SNUR for Certain Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On May 6, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final significant new use rule (SNUR) under Section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the chemical substance identified generically as multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), which was the subject of premanufacture notice (PMN) P-08-199. Under the final SNUR, persons intending to manufacture,… Continue Reading

Nanodermatology Society Issues 2011 Position Statement on Sunscreens

Posted in United States
In its 2011 position statement on sunscreens, the Nanodermatology Society states that it “believes that nano-based sunscreens do not pose serious health risks to consumers,” and agrees with the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that “[z]inc and titanium-based formulations are among the safest, most effective, sunscreens on the market.” According to the position statement, this is based… Continue Reading

NanoSafety Consortium Submits Proposed Testing Agreement to EPA

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On April 6, 2011, several members of the NanoSafety Consortium submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a proposed testing agreement under Section 4 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Under the proposed testing agreement, the substances to be tested may include multi-walled carbon nanotubes, double-walled carbon nanotubes, single-walled carbon nanotubes, and graphene nanoplatelets. Participants… Continue Reading

EPA Announces Nanotechnology Research Awards

Posted in EU Member State, Federal, International, Research, United States
On February 17, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it awarded $5.5 million to three consortia to support innovative research on nanotechnology. EPA states that, in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s (UK) Natural Environment Research Council, it is leading this scientific research effort to understand better the potential risks to people’s health and… Continue Reading

EU-OSHA Announces Control Banding Tool for Nanomaterials

Posted in EU Member State, International, Occupational Health and Safety Issues
On January 25, 2011, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) announced that French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) experts have developed a control banding tool specific to nanomaterials that can potentially be used in any work environment in which nanomaterials are manufactured or used. With control banding, new products… Continue Reading

Environmental Science & Technology Article Reviews History of Nanosilver and Policy Implications

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On January 10, 2011, Environmental Science & Technology posted a peer-reviewed pre-publication article entitled “120 Years of Nanosilver History:  Implications for Policy Makers,” which shows that nanosilver in the form of colloidal silver has been used for more than 100 years and, according to the authors, has been registered as a biocidal material in the… Continue Reading

EPA, EC, and OECD Officials Publish Article in Nature Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, International, OECD, United States
Nature Nanotechnology has posted a pre-publication version of an article entitled “Science Policy Considerations for Responsible Nanotechnology Decisions,” which is authored by regulatory officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), European Commission (EC), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The authors offer their perspectives on possible approaches to maximizing the environmental benefits… Continue Reading

EPA Regulatory Agenda Includes Several Notices Concerning Nanoscale Materials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) December 20, 2010, Regulatory Agenda includes several notices concerning nanoscale materials: Test Rule for Certain Nanoscale Materials — EPA states that it is developing a test rule under Section 4(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require manufacturers (defined by statute to include importers) and processors of… Continue Reading

EPA Claims Company Made Illegal Public Health Claims For Nano Silver Product

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On December 15, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it fined Kinetic Solutions Inc., doing business as Rabbit Air, $82,400 for allegedly selling unregistered and misbranded pesticides and making unproven claims about their effectiveness. According to EPA, Kinetic Solutions Inc. made illegal public health claims for its air purifier branded “Nano Silver Pre… Continue Reading