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Tag Archives: Nanoscale

Dr. Robert Pohanka Appointed as Director of the NNCO

Posted in Federal, United States
On March 20, 2012, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Pohanka as the Director of the NNCO. The NNCO provides technical and administrative support to the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee, serves as a central point of contact for federal nanotechnology research and development activities, and provides public… Continue Reading

EPA OIG Concludes EPA Needs to Manage Nanomaterials More Effectively

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On December 30, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report entitled EPA Needs to Manage Nanomaterial Risks More Effectively. According to OIG, the purpose of its review was to determine how effectively EPA is managing the human health and environmental risks of nanomaterials. OIG states that it found “that… Continue Reading

ECOS Wants to Participate in NSET Subcommittee Working Groups

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
In an August 7, 2009, letter to the White House Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP), the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) expressed its interest in working with OSTP and other federal agencies regarding the “human health and ecological impacts and lifecycle consequences of intentional and unintentional releases of engineered nanoparticles into the… 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

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 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 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 Seeks Participants for In-Depth Portion of NMSP

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On May 20, 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that it would like to initiate discussions regarding testing of nanoscale materials under the in-depth portion of the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP). Under the NMSP, companies that manufacture, import, process, or use nanoscale materials for commercial purposes voluntarily submit data to EPA and also… 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

NSF-Funded Television Series to Air in April 2008

Posted in Federal, Local, United States
“Nanotechnology: The Power of Small,” the first major television series to examine the implications of advances in nanotechnology, will begin airing on local public broadcasting stations in April 2008. The series is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the presenting station and grantee for the series is Oregon Public Broadcasting. In the episodes, award-winning National Public… Continue Reading

NSET Releases Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related EHS Research

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On February 14, 2008, the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technology released a final document entitled Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research, which describes the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) strategy for addressing priority research on the environment, health, and safety (EHS) aspects… 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

Good Governance: Evolution of the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. is pleased to announce that Lynn L. Bergeson published an article appearing in the Winter 2007 issue of Nanotechnology Law & Business. The article discusses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s voluntary Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP) and related issues.… Continue Reading

Wisconsin Representative Requests Assistance in Creating Registry

Posted in Legal/Regulatory Issues, State, United States
In a December 3, 2007, letter, to the Secretaries of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS), and Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Wisconsin State Representative Terese Berceau (D) asks for their assistance in creating a policy “to address potential environmental problems associated with the emerging… 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

EPA Provides Summary of August 2007 NMSP Meeting

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed in the docket a report summarizing remarks and public comments made during the August 2, 2007, meeting on the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and receive comments on the development of the voluntary NMSP. The intent of the report is… Continue Reading

EHS Research Priorities Released for Comment

Posted in Environmental Issues, Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On August 16, 2007, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a document entitled The Prioritization of Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Needs… 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

Regulatory Agenda Includes Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On April 30, 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register its latest Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, which serves to update the public on regulations and major policies currently under development by EPA.  One of the entries in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA ) portion of the agenda is entitled "Nanoscale… Continue Reading

EPA Requests Stakeholders to Resubscribe to E-Mail Notification List

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On April 16, 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that, due to a technical problem, it is unable to verify receipt of contact information from anyone who subscribed to the e-mail notification list on the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) Nanotechnology web page from October 18 to November 1, 2006, and… Continue Reading