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March 10, 2008

EPA Will Hold Meeting on Industry-Government Partnerships

Lynn L. Bergeson

On February 29, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a March 17-18, 2008, public meeting “to discuss opportunities for industry-government partnerships to foster greater public awareness of the environmental attributes of household and institutional consumer products and help make consumers aware of efforts on the part of consumer product manufacturers to improve the environmental performance of their products and production facilities.” According to EPA, the primary purpose of the initial meeting, which has received little notice to date, is “to establish a dialog among government, industry, and public stakeholders leading to formation of a Consumer Products Environmental Partnerships Working Group.” EPA states that, once formed, the Working Group will identify and develop possible partnership approaches such as product labeling, consumer education programs, environmental information websites, product stewardship programs, and manufacturer recognition programs. It describes the increased use of nanomaterials in consumer products as “an emerging issue.” To attend the meeting, which will be held in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, EPA asks for the submission of name and affiliation by e-mail or telephone to Mr. Bruce Moore, EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, at (919) 541-5460 no later than March 13, 2008.