EPA Holds Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program Meeting Today

EPA is holding a public meeting today at Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Va., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to discuss and receive comments on the development of the voluntary Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP) under the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA), which was first announced in the July 12, 2007, Federal Register.

Planned presenters include: Carolyn Nunley Cairns, Consumers Union; Bill Gulledge, American Chemistry Council; Richard Denison, Environmental Defense; Bernard Made, Environment Canada; Scott Slaughter, The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness; Terry Davies, Woodrow Wilson Center; James Cooper, Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association; Igor Linkov, Intertox Inc.; and more. The meeting will wrap up with public comments from registered speakers.

On Oct. 18, 2006, EPA first launched a collaborative process and invited stakeholders to participate in the design, development, and implementation of NMSP. The release of the July 2007 NMSP concept paper, TSCA Inventory paper, and an Information Collection Request were intended to further discussion about NMSP and serve as the foundation for establishing details.

EPA is especially interested in receiving comments on the following items:

  • Whether the data elements that have been identified in the NMSP are appropriate for nanoscale materials;
  • Timing and phasing of submissions under the NMSP basic and in-depth programs and whether approaches for tiering data submissions are appropriate;
  • Who would participate in the NMSP and how to encourage participation, especially from small- and medium-sized enterprises;
  • What criteria to use for NMSP program evaluation and views on the timing and nature of any reports EPA may issue;
  • How to engage industry and other stakeholders in the NMSP in-depth program and approaches for generating test data;
  • The processes and roles for EPA, participants, and other stakeholders during development and evaluation of data for the in-depth program;
  • Possible approaches for identification and use of alternative sources of data, in order to minimize the burden of information collection associated with the NMSP;
  • Uses for the data submitted to EPA under the NMSP program;
  • Issues relevant to scope, definitions, and descriptions;
  • The suitability of the approach for determining the TSCA Inventory status of nanoscale materials discussed in the TSCA Inventory paper; and,
  • Whether, in combination, the TSCA Inventory paper and the NMSP concept paper are sufficiently clear in how EPA plans at this time to address nanoscale materials that are new or existing chemicals under TSCA and the NMSP.
    • More information can be found at www.epa.gov/oppt/nano/nmsppubmtg.htm.

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