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EPA Proposes SNURs for Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On November 6, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed significant new use rules (SNUR) under Section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for two chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN). EPA identified the substances generically as multi-walled carbon nanotubes and single-walled carbon nanotubes. According to the notice, these substances… Continue Reading

ITC Issues Priority Testing List Report

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues
In a notice in the August 4, 2009, Federal Register, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Interagency Testing Committee (ITC) released its latest report to the Administrator. Under TSCA Section 4(e), the ITC is required ‘‘to make recommendations to the Administrator respecting the chemical substances and mixtures to which the Administrator should give priority consideration for… Continue Reading

EPA Clarifies Final CNT SNURs

Posted in Environmental Issues, Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues
On July 28, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clarified its June 24, 2009, final Significant New Use Rules (SNUR) for multi- and single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT).  According to EPA, upon review of the final rule, stakeholders asked whether the SNURs applied to all types of CNTs.  EPA responded:   This is not the case.… Continue Reading

EPA Considering Test Rule For Multiwall CNTs

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
According to a notice in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) May 11, 2009, Regulatory Agenda, a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 4(a) test rule “may be needed to determine the health effects” of multiwall carbon nanotubes (CNT). EPA states that the results of the tests that could be required under the rule could assist… Continue Reading

CDTSC Will Hold Nanotech III Symposium

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
On March 19, 2009, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) will hold a full-day nanotechnology symposium on nanomaterials regulation from a variety of perspectives. According to CDTSC, the symposium will focus on the regulatory aspects of nanotechnology, the role of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and CDTSC’s chemical information call-in program including nanoscale… Continue Reading

CDTSC Issues Data Call-In for Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
In a January 22, 2009, letter, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) announced that it is requiring the submission of data “regarding analytical test methods, fate and transport in the environment, and other relevant information from manufacturers of carbon nanotubes” (CNT). CDTSC states that the term “manufacturers” includes persons and businesses that produce CNTs… Continue Reading

EPA Publishes NMSP Interim Report

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On January 12, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its interim report on the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP), which is a voluntary program that EPA established to assemble existing data and information from manufacturers and processors of certain nanoscale materials. Under the Basic Program, EPA invited participants to voluntarily report available information… Continue Reading

EPA Announces Receipt of CNT PMNs

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
In a January 5, 2009, Federal Register notice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces receipt of several premanufacture notices (PMN) concerning multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT). Under Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA requires any person who intends to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) a new chemical (i.e., a chemical… Continue Reading

EPA Announces Receipt of Fullerene PMNs

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
In a December 12, 2008, Federal Register notice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces receipt of several premanufacture notices (PMN) from Nano-C, Inc. concerning fullerenes. Under Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA requires any person who intends to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) a new chemical (i.e., a chemical… Continue Reading

EPA Regulatory Agenda Includes Item on Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
According to a notice in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) November 24, 2008, Regulatory Agenda, EPA intends to publish an interim evaluation in March 2009 of the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP), and a final evaluation of the NMSP, including next steps, in April 2010. The NMSP is a voluntary program that EPA established to… Continue Reading

EPA Posts TSCA 8(e) Submission for Carbon Nano Tubes

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency posted a submission made by BASF Chemical Company under Section 8(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which requires U.S. chemical manufacturers, importers, processors and distributors to notify EPA within 30 calendar days of new, unpublished information on their chemicals that may lead to a conclusion of… Continue Reading

EPA Will Publish Notice Regarding TSCA Inventory Status of Carbon Nanotubes

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
According to the Office of the Federal Register, tomorrow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will publish a notice regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requirements potentially applicable to carbon nanotubes (CNT). EPA states that it “generally considers CNTs to be chemical substances distinct from graphite or other allotropes of carbon listed on the TSCA… Continue Reading

EPA Will Host Nanotechnology Conference in Chicago

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On September 18, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that EPA Region 5 will host the 2008 International Environmental Nanotechnology Conference: Applications and Implications, October 7-9, 2008, in Chicago, Illinois. According to EPA, researchers from Asia, Australia, and Europe will join U.S. scientists and government officials to discuss nanotechnology applications for environmental cleanup, pollution control,… Continue Reading

EPA Prepared to Issue TSCA Section 8 Rule to Obtain Data

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On July 22, 2008, Jim Willis stated that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is prepared to issue a rule under Section 8 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to obtain data regarding nanoscale materials. Under the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP) Basic Program, EPA asked companies to report data voluntarily on the engineered nanoscale… Continue Reading

EPA Unified Agenda Includes Item on Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) May 5, 2008, Unified Agenda includes an item regarding the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP), which is a voluntary program that EPA established to assemble existing data and information from manufacturers and processors of certain nanoscale materials. The notice states that, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA has… Continue Reading

EPA Announces Voluntary NMSP

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
In today’s Federal Register, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice describing the design and format of EPA’s voluntary Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP) for nanoscale materials under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). EPA intends the NMSP “to complement and support its new and existing chemical efforts on nanoscale materials” under TSCA. Participants may… Continue Reading

TSCA and Engineered Nanoscale Substances

Posted in Environmental Issues, Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. is pleased to announce that Lynn L. Bergeson and Ira Dassa published an article appearing in the Fall 2007 issue of Sustainable Development Law and Policy. The article discusses several issues in connection with the application of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to engineered nanoscale materials.… Continue Reading

EPA Unified Agenda Includes Item on Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program

Posted in Environmental Issues, Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) December 10, 2007, Unified Agenda includes a notice regarding the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP), which is a voluntary program that EPA established to assemble existing data and information from manufacturers and processors of certain nanoscale materials. The notice states that, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA has… Continue Reading

California Hosts Symposium on Potential Hazards of Nanoparticles in the Environment

Posted in Environmental Issues, Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
On October 3, 2007, the California Department for Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) held a symposium on the potential hazards of nanoparticles in the environment. According to DTSC, exploring environmentally safe processes in nanotechnology manufacturing is a component of the California Green Chemistry Initiative.  Under the Initiative, a multi-agency state team is exploring a different approach to… Continue Reading

CDTSC Will Hold Symposium on Potential Hazards of Nanomaterials in the Environment

Posted in Environmental Issues, Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) will hold a symposium entitled “Nanotechnology Symposium II:  Potential Hazards of Nanomaterials in the Environment” on October 3, 2007. The draft agenda includes the following topics:  Chemical Properties and Commercial/Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology; Physico-Chemical Characterization of Nanoparticles and Its Relation to Their Bio-Interactions; Potential Ecotoxicity of Nanoparticles Released… Continue Reading

EPA Holds Public Meeting on the NMSP

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On August 2, 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) convened a public meeting on the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The meeting, which EPA had announced in a July 12, 2007, Federal Register notice, was well attended, with approximately 100 people in attendance. After introductory remarks by several EPA… Continue Reading

PEN Report Recommends TSCA Amendments

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On May 23, 2007, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) released a report entitled EPA and Nanotechnology: Oversight for the 21st Century, which identifies actions that should be taken to establish an oversight system. The report focuses in particular on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which it describes as “a… Continue Reading

ED Will Hold Webcast on REACH, TSCA, and CEPA Best Practices

Posted in EU Member State, Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Other
Environmental Defense (ED) will hold a webcast regarding its recent report, Not That Innocent: A Comparative Analysis of Canadian, European Union and United States Policies on Industrial Chemicals, on May 24, 2007, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The webcast will include a 45-minute presentation and a question and answer period. Dr. Richard Denison, Senior Scientist at… Continue Reading