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May 8, 2015

EPA Will Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Rule on Nanoscale Materials

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the May 8, 2015, Federal Register announcing a public meeting on June 11, 2015, to discuss EPA’s April 6, 2015, proposed rule concerning reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale. This is a very important opportunity for stakeholders to offer comments on a rulemaking that has important implications for the nano community. EPA intends the public meeting to provide an opportunity for further discussion of the proposed requirements and the meeting is intended to facilitate comments on all aspects of that proposed rule, especially comments on specific issues as identified in the proposed rule:

  1. Identifying the chemical substances that would be subject to reporting;
  2. Distinguishing between nanoscale forms of a reportable chemical substance;
  3. Reporting discrete forms at least 135 days before commencement of manufacture or processing;
  4. Considerations for EPA’s economic analysis;
  5. Electronic reporting; and
  6. Consideration of potential future rulemaking regarding periodic reporting.

The meeting will be held on June 11, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the East William Jefferson Clinton Building, Room 1153, 1201 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Requests to participate in the meeting must be received by June 1, 2015.