EPA Advances Voluntary Nanoscales Materials Stewardship Program

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Courtesy of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Over the past several months, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made significant progress advancing its Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP). In October, Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances Assistant Administrator Jim Gulliford sent a letter to stakeholders inviting them to participate in the NMSP, which is a voluntary program that EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) will manage under its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority. According to the letter, EPA’s goal is “to implement TSCA in a way that enables responsible development of nanotechnology and realizes its potential environmental benefits, while applying sound science to assess and, where appropriate, manage potential risks to human health and the environment presented by nanoscale materials.” EPA states that developing a Stewardship Program will help EPA meet this goal “by generating information and providing a sound, scientific basis for risk assessment and risk management.”

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