Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist.
Nearly 4 years ago, EPA sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a pair of draft proposed rules that would require reporting of certain information by makers of nanomaterials. The proposed rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) seemed by all measures to have fallen into a black nano-hole.
But earlier this week, a smidgen of movement was discernible on the EPA regulatory tracker entry for this long-dormant activity. What appears to have happened is that EPA has withdrawn the original proposed rules and resubmitted one of them to OMB. Dropped, apparently, is the proposed significant new use rule (SNUR), which would have required companies proposing to commercialize a nanomaterial for a new use to first notify EPA so that it could conduct a safety review. Retained is the other half of the original pair of proposed rules, an information reporting rule under the authority of section 8(a) of TSCA. While details are not yet available, that proposal would require companies currently making nanomaterials to report basic information to EPA. Read More