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Tag Archives: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Potassium Titanium Oxide SNUR Bans Manufacture of Particle Size Less Than 100 nm

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On October 5, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final significant new use rule (SNUR) for potassium titanium oxide, which was previously the subject of a consent order under Section 5(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). EPA states that, based on test data on the premanufacture notice (PMN) substance and structure… Continue Reading

EPA Announces RCC Nanotechnology Webinar and Requests Nominations for Case Studies

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) will hold a webinar on November 28, 2012, on its RCC Nanotechnology Work Plan. Canada and the U.S. created the RCC to align better their regulatory approaches in a number of areas, including nanotechnology. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the purpose of the RCC’s nanotechnology initiative is to… Continue Reading

NRC Report on Science for Environmental Protection Examines Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On September 5, 2012, the National Research Council (NRC) released a pre-publication version of a report entitled Science for Environmental Protection:  The Road Ahead. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked NRC to assess EPA’s overall capabilities “to develop, obtain, and use the best available scientific and technologic information and tools to meet persistent, emerging, and… Continue Reading

EPA Publishes Final Nanomaterial Case Study For Nanoscale Silver in Disinfectant Spray

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On August 1, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a final report entitled Nanomaterial Case Study: Nanoscale Silver in Disinfectant Spray, which EPA states “is intended to be used as part of a process to identify what is known and, more importantly, what is not yet known that could be of value in assessing… Continue Reading

EPA Extends Due Date for Comments on Nanosilver Registration Review

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
According to a July 10, 2012, memorandum added to the registration review docket for nanosilver, the Federal Register notice announcing the opening of the docket erroneously listed the comment period end date as August 19, 2012. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) memorandum states that the comment period has been extended to September 10, 2012, “to… Continue Reading

EPA Nanomaterial Case Study Compares Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube and Decabromodiphenyl Ether Flame-Retardant Coatings Applied to Upholstery Textiles

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on July 2, 2012, the availability of an external review draft document entitled Nanomaterial Case Study: A Comparison of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube and Decabromodiphenyl Ether Flame-Retardant Coatings Applied to Upholstery Textiles (EPA/600/R-12/043A). EPA states that the draft document “does not draw conclusions regarding potential environmental risks or hazards of multiwalled… Continue Reading

Recent Developments in NRDC’s Case Concerning EPA’s Conditional Registration of Nanosilver

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On April 16, 2012, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed its brief in its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning EPA’s conditional registration for HeiQ AGS-20, an end-use product containing nanosilver. NRDC filed suit on January 26, 2012, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (California) against EPA, seeking… Continue Reading

EPA Promulgates SNUR for Infused Carbon Nanostructures

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On April 4, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated, through a direct final rule, significant new use rules (SNUR) for 17 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN). This includes a SNUR for “infused carbon nanostructures (generic).” According to EPA, the PMN states that the generic (non-confidential) use of the substance is… Continue Reading

EPA Posts Summary of 2011 Nanomaterial Case Studies Workshop

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On February 9, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a summary report on its January 2011 workshop on nanoscale silver. The workshop was the second in a series conducted by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) to further the development of a research strategy for completing comprehensive environmental assessments of nanomaterials.  The basis… Continue Reading

EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposed SNURs

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that, in response to public comments, it will provide the public more time to comment on the December 28, 2011, proposed significant new use rules (SNUR) for 17 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN). Of particular interest, seven of the PMN substances’ reported chemical… Continue Reading

NRDC Files Suit to Block EPA’s Conditional Registration of Nanosilver

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On January 26, 2012, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning its conditional registration of a pesticide product containing nanosilver as a new active ingredient for use as a preservative for textiles.  NRDC states that… Continue Reading

NRC Publishes A Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, Research, United States
On January 25, 2012, the National Research Council (NRC) posted the pre-publication version of its report entitled A Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked NRC to perform an independent study to develop and monitor the implementation of an integrated research strategy to address the… 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

EPA Publishes Proposed SNURs for CNTs

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on December 28, 2011, proposed significant new use rules (SNUR) for 17 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN). Of particular interest, seven of the PMN substances’ reported chemical names include the term “carbon nanotube” (CNT) or “CNT.”  EPA states that because of a lack of… Continue Reading

EPA Conditionally Registers Pesticide Product Containing Nanosilver As a New Active Ingredient

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on December 1, 2011, that it is conditionally registering a pesticide product containing nanosilver as a new active ingredient. HeiQ AGS-20 is a silver-based antimicrobial pesticide product approved for use as a preservative for textiles.  The final registration is not yet in the docket.  We believe, but cannot confirm,… Continue Reading

EPA Seeks Information Concerning Discharges of Nanosilver from Industrial Manufacturing

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in an October 26, 2011, Federal Register notice its final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan, which includes a request for comment and information for its 2011 annual reviews. EPA requests information on a number of topics, including discharges of nanosilver from industrial manufacturing. EPA cites nanosilver’s use as an active… Continue Reading

EPA Posts Guidance to Facilitate Decisions for Sustainable Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a September 2011 guidance document entitled Guidance to Facilitate Decisions for Sustainable Nanotechnology, which was prepared by the National Risk Management Research Laboratory of the Office of Research and Development. EPA states that it developed the guidance to assist in assessing the sustainability of nanoproducts, and it is intended… 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

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

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

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