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May 22, 2008

EPA Seeks Participants for In-Depth Portion of NMSP

Lynn L. Bergeson

On May 20, 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that it would like to initiate discussions regarding testing of nanoscale materials under the in-depth portion of the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP). Under the NMSP, companies that manufacture, import, process, or use nanoscale materials for commercial purposes voluntarily submit data to EPA and also participate in the development of additional data. To date, EPA has received three submissions for nanoscale materials under the basic program. EPA has also received commitments from ten additional companies to submit data on nanoscale materials under the basic program. Thus far, no one has signed up to participate in the in-depth portion of the NMSP, however. EPA encourages anyone interested in starting this dialogue to contact it.

Submissions under the NMSP basic program include:

  • Dupont;
  • Office ZPI; and
  • One additional confidential submission.

Ten additional companies have committed to submit information under the NMSP basic program:

  • BASF Corporation;
  • Bayer Material Science;
  • Dow Chemical;
  • Evonik/Degussa;
  • General Electric;
  • Nanocyl North America;
  • Nanophase Technologies Corporation;
  • PPG Industries;
  • Sasol North America; and
  • Strem Chemicals.