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October 17, 2007

EPA Provides Summary of August 2007 NMSP Meeting

Lynn L. Bergeson

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed in the docket a report summarizing remarks and public comments made during the August 2, 2007, meeting on the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and receive comments on the development of the voluntary NMSP. The intent of the report is to provide an overview of the discussion that occurred. It does not analyze or evaluate any portion of the discussions. EPA structured the meeting agenda to allow formal comments from eight, pre-registered stakeholders, and allocated time in the afternoon to allow additional stakeholders who requested time to speak to make public comments.  The meeting concluded with a question and answer session focusing on key issues that were specifically identified by EPA.  The meeting brought together 124 participants, including stakeholders in academia, non-governmental organizations (NGO), government, industry, professional organizations, the press, international entities, and the general public.  Meeting minutes were not prepared and a transcript was not recorded.