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USA: EPA proposes reporting and record keeping requirements on nanoscale materials in the marketplace

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing one-time reporting and recordkeeping requirements on nanoscale chemical substances in the marketplace. EPA currently reviews new chemical substances manufactured or processed as nanoma­terials prior to introduction into the marketplace to ensure that they are safe. For the first time, the agency is proposing to use TSCA to collect existing exposure and health and safety infor­mation on chemicals currently in the marketplace when manu­factured or processed as nanoscale materials. The proposal will require one-time reporting from companies that manufacture or process chemical substances as nanoscale materials.


The companies will notify EPA of: certain information, in­cluding specific chemical identity; production volume; methods of manufacture; processing, use, exposure, and release informa­tion; and available health and safety data.

Nanoscale materials have special properties related to their small size such as greater strength and lighter weight, however, they may take on different properties than their conventionally-sized counterpart. The proposal is not intended to conclude that nanoscale materials will cause harm to human health or the en­vironment; Rather, EPA would use the information gathered to determine if any further action under the Toxic Substances Con­trol Act (TSCA), including additional information collection, is needed. The proposed reporting requirements are being issued under the authority of section 8(a) under TSCA. The agency is request­ing public comment on the proposed reporting and recordkeeping requirements 90 days from publication in the Federal Register. EPA also anticipates holding a public meeting during the com­ment period. The time and place of the meeting will be announced on EPA’s web page.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Weekly Digest Bulletin

March 29, 2015

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