Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new rule that would require companies to submit data on manufactured nanomaterials. Among its many requirements, the proposed rule would call for companies to report production volume, the potential for public exposure and what manufacturing and processing methods are used.
Jay West, manager of the Nanotechnology Panel, said the ACC Nanotechnology Panel will review the proposed rule and provide comments to EPA. Panel members are particularly interested in how the EPA defines the materials to be covered by the proposed rule and whether EPA strikes the right balance between regulation and the ability of companies to produce innovative nanotechnology products. The Panel will also focus on EPA’s plan to leverage existing information and for consistency with the work already done under the Nanotechnology Plan of the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council.
The American Chemistry Council’s Nanotechnology Panel promotes the responsible development of nanotechnology by advancing knowledge of good product stewardship practices among nanomaterial producers and users. The Panel regularly supports and participates in partnerships with universities, regulatory agencies and other organizations to identify and communicate best practices concerning the responsible development and use of nanotechnology.