Nano.gov announces webinar for 09/20/2012

In a notice that appeared in last Thursday's Federal Register, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), announced that it would be hosting a webinar on Nano.gov on Thursday 09/20/2012, from 12:15 until 1PM. " NNCO is seeking public comment and recommendations on potential updates to, improvements on, and opportunities for public engagement through Nano.gov."

The webinar will consist of two parts. Part 1, the first 20 minutes of the webinar, will be spent on short presentations by the moderator and four panelists:

                             
Marlowe Epstein-Newman pic

Moderator:
Marlowe Epstein-Newman, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)—Marlowe is the Communications Director at NNCO and was the Project Manager for the first Nano.gov redesign in 2011. She manages the content on Nano.gov as well as the NNI’s social media presence.      

     

  

 
Carl Batt pic

Panelists:
Carl Batt, Cornell University—Carl is a Food Science professor with ties to National Science Foundation as a regularly consulted expert. Carl recently collaborated with the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network and Walt Disney World to create a permanent nanotechnology exhibit at Epcot Center.

 

Josh Chamot pic

 

Joshua A,  Chamot, National Science Foundation (NSF)—Josh is a public affairs specialist in NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. As a seasoned public affairs professional, he provides a unique perspective on media, public relations, and outreach tactics from a Federal Government perspective. Josh works in a variety of media to bring science stories to the public.

 

 

Latko pic

 

Mary Ann Latko, American Industrial Hygiene Association(AIHA)—Mary Ann is a Managing Director at AIHA. She represents workers across manufacturing sectors and is well-versed in enivironment, health, and safety (EHS) and regulatory issues, often working closely with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

 

 

Naz Beiramee

 

Nazhin Beiramee, OMNI StudiosNazhin is a web designer who has worked on Nano.gov as well as other .govs including the the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Cancer Institute.

 

 

The remaining portion of the webinar will be a Q&A session, with questions submitted by the audience. Questions and comments should be focused on 

    • How is Nano.gov useful to you and your stakeholders/colleagues/peers?

    • What do you like on Nano.gov? Which pages are most useful to you? Why?

    • What would you like to see improved? Are there pages you don’t understand? Confusing information? Poor layout? Difficult to use?

    • Are there pages that you feel are missing from Nano.gov? What other types of pages would you like to see? What information would you like to find on Nano.gov that isn’t currently there?

    • Are there similar websites that present information in a way that you find more useful, exciting, attractive or user-friendly?

     

The NNCO will begin accepting questions and comments via email (webinar@nnco.nano.gov) and Twitter (@NNInanonews) 24 hours prior to the event, until the close of the webinar at 1pm on September 20. These will be read and addressed during the live event. The NNCO reserves the right to group similar questions and to address only those questions and comments germane to the topic.
 

Registration for the webinar is required and is now open.

2012 Regional, State and Local Initiatives in Nanotechnology Workshop

Today's issue of the Federal Register carries a "Notice of Public Meeting", announcing the 2012 Regional, State and Local (RSL) Initiatives in Nanotechnology workshop, to be held 1-2 May in Portland, Oregon.

This workshop will bring together leaders of regional, state, and local
organizations to engage in dialog with the Federal government; economic
development groups; investors and entrepreneurs; technology leaders;
and scientists and engineers from industry, business, government, and
academia. The discussion will address a wide range of resource,
organizational, and policy issues impacting RSL nanotechnology
initiatives.
 

Principal themes addressed in the workshop will include:

  • Current landscape of U.S. RSL nanotechnology initiatives and their health

  • Current Federal resources available for RSLs

  • RSL best practices, business models, and opportunities for partnering; and

  • Role of nanotechnology RSLs in future U.S. economic growth and job creation.

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The workshop is cosponsored by the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and theOregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institutes (ONAMI).

Anyone planning to attend the workshop is required to register, either online, via e-mail ( RSL12@nnco.nano.gov ) or via regular US mail (  RSL 2012 Workshop, c/o NNCO, 4201 Wilson Boulevard,  Stafford II, Suite 405, Arlington, VA 22230). Registration is on a "first come, first served" basis and runs from today, March 5, 2012 until 5PM April 27, 2012. Those interested in presenting 3-5 minutes of public comments at the meeting should also register at http://www.nano.gov/rslregistration. Written or  electronic comments should be submitted by email to RSL12@nnco.nano.gov  until April 27, 2012. The workshop will include an opportunity for any
regional, state, or local nanotechnology initiative or related  organization to present a poster explaining the activity.
 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice,
please contact James Kadtke or Halyna Paikoush at the National
Nanotechnology Coordination Office by telephone (703-292-8626) or email
(RSL12@nnco.nano.gov).

A draft agenda has not yet been posted to the website. Once the agenda for the workshop is available, a link to it will be posted.

International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology to be held March 2012

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, in a "Notice of Public Meeting" published in the Federal Register of 02/02/2012, announced that on March 27-28 of this year, it would be holding an "International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology". The symposium, organized by the National Nanotechnology Initiative and theOrganization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The symposium will be hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC on March 27th and 28th from 8:30AM to 6PM.

The symposium will focus on

the scope of economic impacts of nanotechnology, input and output factors, metrics for other technological assessments, and consideration of the appropriateness of these metrics for nanotechnology materials and products. Topics addressed will include the role of research funding portfolios, intellectual property frameworks, venture capital, public-private partnerships, state and local initiatives, international cooperation, and metrics such as private sector and industry investments, patents and publications, and the development of a technologically-educated workforce as metrics for nanotechnology.

Confirmed as speakers at the symposium are:
    • Françoise Roure, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

    • Gregory Tassey, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States

    • Mark Morrison, Institute for Nanotechnology, United Kingdom

    • Adalberto Fazzio, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil

    • Kazunobu Tanaka, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan

    • Altaf Carim, Office of Science and Technology Policy, United States

    • Herbert von Bose, European Commission

    • Joseph Molapisi, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa

    • GV Ramaraju, Department of Information Technology, India

    • Tom Crawley, Spinverse

    • Philip Shapira, Georgia Institute of Technology

    • Francis Peters, Michelin Worldwide

    • Travis Earles, Lockheed Martin

    • Lawrence Tamarkin, CytImmune Sciences, Inc.

    • Joerg Vienken, Fresenius Medical Care

    • Hilary Flynn, Lux Research

    • Reinhold Crotogino, ArboraNano

    • Peter Kruger, Bayer

    • Kalpana Sastry, National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, India

    • Victor Berucci Neto, The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation

    • Mike Roco, National Science Foundation, United States

    • Ajit Jillavenkatesa, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States

    • Douglas Robinson, teQnode

    • Diana Bowman, University of Michigan

    • Tateo Arimoto, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan

    • Julia Lane, National Science Foundation, United States

    • Esper Cavalheiro, Center for Strategic Studies and Management Science, Technology and Innovation

    • Leonid Gokhberg, National Research University 'Higher School of Economics'

    • Ben Walsh, Oakdene Hollins

    • Bertrand Loubaton, GE Healthcare Europe

    • Richard Clinch, University of Baltimore

    • Bertrand Loubaton, GE Healthcare

    • Eunmi Jung, Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, Korea

    • Oleg Karasev, National Research University 'Higher School of Economics'

    • Kristen Loughery, Environmental Protection Agency, United States

    • Rosalie Ruegg, TIA Consulting

     

A draft verion of the symposium agenda may be found here.

Due to space limitations pre-registration for the symposium is required and begins on Friday 02/10/2012. Pre-registration is on a "first come, first served" basis and continues until capacity is reached or until 03/23/2012.

Those wishing to attend can register online at www.nano.gov/symposium, via e-mail to symposium@nnco.nano.gov or via snail mail at the following address:

International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology,

c/o NNCO,

4201 Wilson Blvd.,

Stafford II, Suite 405,

Arlington, VA 22230

Anyone who would like to present 3-5 minutes of public comments at the symposium should register online. Written comments may be submitted to symposium@nnco.nano.gov until 03/23/2012..

EPA Extends comment period

Wednesday's Federal Register carried a notice from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extending the comment period for proposed methods of collecting information regarding the use of nanoscale materials in pesticides published in the Federal Register of June 17, 2011. The original deadline for submitting comments was July 18, 2011. The deadline for submission has been extended to august 17, 2011.

The 30 day extension was requested by four commenters - Croplife America, a trade group repsenting " the developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States", the American Chemical Council, the Chemical Producers and Distributors Association, a trade group "representing the interests of generic pesticide registrants, with a membership that includes manufacturers, formulators, and distributors of pesticide products", and theInternational Center for Technology Assessment, "a non-profit, bi-partisan organization committed to providing the public with full assessments and analyses of technological impacts on society". The comments may beviewed on Regulations.gov.

Information on submitting comments is available from either the original notice or the notice published on Wednesday.

EPA Releases SNURS Affecting Multi-Walled and Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

In the Federal Register for Friday 09/17/2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), acting under the authority granted to it under section 5(a)(2) of the TSCA, issued as a final rule Significant New Use Rules (SNURS) affecting two chemical substances identified as generic multi-walled and single-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs and SWCNTs respectively). These SNURs are applicable to manufacturers, importers, and processors, who will be required to notify EPA at least 90 days in advance if they intend to use these substances "for a use that is designated as a significant new use by this final rule. . . . EPA believes that this action is necessary because these chemical substances may be hazardous to human health and the environment".

This final rule is the culmination of a process that has taken over a year. EPA had issued a direct final rule in the Federal Register issue of 06/24/2009. This direct final rule affected several chemical substances, including the MWCNTs and the SWCNTs, that had been the subject of various consent decrees issued by EPA. The language of the final rule affecting the MWCNTs read as follows:

Sec.  721.10155  Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (generic).

    (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to
reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as multi-
walled carbon nanotubes (PMN P-08-177) is subject to reporting under
this section for the significant new uses described in paragraph (a)(2)
of this section.
    (2) The significant new uses are:
    (i) Protection in the workplace. Requirements as specified in Sec. 
721.63 (a)(1), (a)(2)(i), (a)(2)(ii), (a)(3), (a)(4), (a)(5) (National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved air-
purifying, tight-fitting full-face respirator equipped with N100
filters), (a)(6)(i), and (c).
    (ii) Industrial, commercial, and consumer activities. Requirements
as specified in Sec.  721.80 (j) and (q).
    (b) Specific requirements. The provisions of subpart A of this part
apply to this section except as modified by this paragraph.
    (1) Recordkeeping. Recordkeeping requirements as specified in Sec. 
721.125 (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), and (i) are applicable to
manufacturers, importers, and processors of this substance.
    (2) Limitations or revocation of certain notification requirements.
The provisions of Sec.  721.185 apply to this section.
    (3) Determining whether a specific use is subject to this section.
The provisions of Sec.  721.1725(b)(1) apply to this section.
 

The language affecting SWCNTs is the same.

Following receipt of a notice to file adverse comments, EPA withdrew the SNURs affecting MWCNTs and SWCNTs on  08/21/2009. A proposed final rule was published in the Federal Register on 11/06/2009. This proposed rule retained the language of the original direct rule while also adding new language regarding the release of the MWCNTs and SWCNTs into water. The added language is italicized and bolded below.

Sec.  721.10155  Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (generic).

    (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to
reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as multi-
walled carbon nanotubes (PMN P-08-177) is subject to reporting under
this section for the significant new uses described in paragraph (a)(2)
of this section.
    (2) The significant new uses are:
    (i) Protection in the workplace. Requirements as specified in Sec. 
721.63 (a)(1), (a)(2)(i), (a)(2)(ii), (a)(3), (a)(4), (a)(5) (National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved air-
purifying, tight-fitting full-face respirator equipped with N100
filters), (a)(6)(i), and (c).
    (ii) Industrial, commercial, and consumer activities. Requirements
as specified in Sec.  721.80 (k) and (q).
    (iii) Release to water. Requirements as specified in Sec.  721.90
(a)(1), (b)(1), and (c)(1).
    (b) Specific requirements. The provisions of subpart A of this part
apply to this section except as modified by this paragraph.
    (1) Recordkeeping. Recordkeeping requirements as specified in Sec. 
721.125 (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (i), and (k) are applicable to
manufacturers, importers, and processors of this substance.
    (2) Limitations or revocation of certain notification requirements.
The provisions of Sec.  721.185 apply to this section.
    (3) Determining whether a specific use is subject to this section.
The provisions of Sec.  721.1725(b)(1) apply to this section.
 

Again, the language for SWCNTs was the same.

After receiving and reviewing comments submitted by the public about the proposed rule, EPA added more new language clarifying that the requirements of the rule didnot apply after the substances had been cured, incorporated or embedded into a polymer matrix that had been cured or is a solid that will not undergo anymore chemical processing.  Again, the added language is italicized and bolded below.

Sec.  721.10155  Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (generic).

    (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to
reporting--(1) The chemical substance identified generically as multi-
walled carbon nanotubes (PMN P-08-177) is subject to reporting under
this section for the significant new uses described in paragraph (a)(2)
of this section. The requirements of this rule do not apply to
quantities of the chemical substance after it has been completely
reacted (cured); incorporated or embedded into a polymer matrix that
itself has been reacted (cured); or embedded in a permanent solid
polymer form that is not intended to undergo further processing except
for mechanical processing.
    (2) The significant new uses are:
    (i) Protection in the workplace. Requirements as specified in Sec. 
721.63(a)(1), (a)(2)(i), (a)(2)(ii), (a)(3), (a)(4), (a)(5) (National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved air-
purifying, tightfitting full-face respirator equipped with N100
filters), (a)(6)(i), and (c).
    (ii) Industrial, commercial, and consumer activities. Requirements
as specified in Sec.  721.80(k) and (q).
    (iii) Release to water. Requirements as specified in Sec. 
721.90(a)(1), (b)(1), and (c)(1).
    (b) Specific requirements. The provisions of subpart A of this part
apply to this section except as modified by this paragraph.
    (1) Recordkeeping. Recordkeeping requirements as specified in Sec. 
721.125(a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (i), and (k) are applicable to
manufacturers, importers, and processors of this chemical substance.
    (2) Limitations or revocation of certain notification requirements.
The provisions of Sec.  721.185 apply to this section.
    (3) Determining whether a specific use is subject to this section.
The provisions of Sec.  721.1725(b)(1) apply to this section.
 

EPA has issued these final SNURs to achieve four objectives:

EPA will receive notice of any person's intent to
manufacture, import, or process a listed chemical substance for the
described significant new use before that activity begins.
    EPA will have an opportunity to review and evaluate data
submitted in a SNUN before the notice submitter begins manufacturing,
importing, or processing a listed chemical substance for the described
significant new use.
    EPA will be able to regulate prospective manufacturers,
importers, or processors of a listed chemical substance before the
described significant new use of that chemical substance occurs,
provided that regulation is warranted pursuant to TSCA sections 5(e),
5(f), 6, or 7.
    EPA will ensure that all manufacturers, importers, and
processors of the same chemical substance that is subject to a TSCA
section 5(e) consent order are subject to similar requirements.
 

In the review of the comments received in response to the proposed final rule, EPA specifies that these SNURs apply only to "the specific CNTs that were the subject of PMNs P-08-177 P-08-328. . . . EPA acknowledges that CNTs made by different manufacturers and processes may be considered different substances for purposes of reporting new chemical substances under TSCA. EPA will make this determination on a case-by-case basis." Other comments filed focused on what the commenters contend is the near impossibility of achieving 100% filtration of CNTs from the waste streams produced by manufacturing or processing of these substances and discharged into U.S. waters.

This rule comes into effect on 10/18/2010. To read the comments submitted and supporting materials, please go here.

FDA Public Workshop on Medical Devices & Nanotechnology

Monday's federal register carried a notice from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announcing a public workshop on "Medical Devices & Nanotechnology: Manufacturing, Characterization, and Biocompatibility Considerations" to be held September 23 2010, from 8AM to 5PM at the Hilton Washington DC/North Gaithersburg, in Gathersburg, MD. Persons interested in participating in the workshop need to register by September 15, 2010. The notice provides a link and details on how to register. If anyone wishes to make an oral presentation during the workshop sessions, that needs to be indicated at the time of registration.

According to the notice

The objective of this public workshop is to obtain information on
manufacturing, characterization, and evaluation of biocompatibility of
medical devices containing or utilizing nanomaterials and
nanostructures.

Issues for Discussion

    The workshop will focus on two topics: (1) Manufacturing and
characterization of medical devices containing or utilizing
nanomaterials or nanostructures; (2) biocompatibility evaluation of
medical devices containing or utilizing nanomaterials or
nanostructures. The discussion on manufacturing and characterization
will include the evaluation of physico-chemical properties of
nanomaterials or nanostructures, characterization methods required,
device manufacturing processes and evaluation of the final processed
device after sterilization, and stability and aging studies. The
discussion on biocompatibility evaluation will include testing for
potential release of nanomaterials and additional testing
considerations other than standard testing methods to determine the
biocompatibility and toxicity of devices containing or utilizing
nanomaterials or structures.

Registrants for the workshop will be participate in the oral presentations discussed above and via two roundtable discussions between the FDA's staff and "selected participants representing a range of constituencies."

For more information, the notice does provide a contact person:

Contact Person: Daya Ranamukhaarachchi, Food and Drug
Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, rm. 5574, Silver
Spring, MD 20993, 301-796-6155, FAX: 301-847-8510, email:
Daya.Ranamukhaarachchi@fda.hhs.gov.
 

Considering that the workshop begins at 8AM hopefully there will be plenty of coffee.

NNI Strategic Plan 2010 Request for Information

Today's issue of the Federal Register carries a request for information  (RFI) from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as part of the effort to gain input from stakeholders in creating a new National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan, to be issued in December 2010.

The RFI seeks responses from the stakeholder community to sets of questions under six categories:

A. Goals and Objectives

    A1. What specific and measurable objectives should be
established to help achieve the four stated NNI goals?
     A2. Are there other overarching goals that would enable
the NNI to better support the vision of a future in which the ability
to understand and control matter at the nanoscale leads to a revolution
in technology and industry that benefits society?
 

B. Research Priorities

    B1. What are the most important gaps in the NNI R&D
portfolio (i.e., specific underfunded areas ripe for success) that
should be addressed to achieve the NNI goal(s) (please specify 1, 2, 3,
and/or 4)?
     B2. What nanotechnology R&D areas should NNI member
agencies pursue under the Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives model of
close and targeted program-level interagency collaboration to help
accelerate nanotechnology innovation?
B3. What are the most important scientific and technical
challenges that would need to be met to realize the NNI goal(s) (1, 2,
3, and/or 4) and objectives?
 

C. Investment

    C1. What types of research and development investments
(e.g. support for individual investigators, small teams, centers,
research infrastructure, etc.) should the NNI agencies create, sustain,
and/or expand to achieve the NNI goal(s) (please specify 1, 2, 3, and/
or 4)?
C2. What relative distribution of research and development
investment among the PCAs is needed to achieve the NNI goal(s) (1, 2,
3, and/or 4), and why?
C3. What is the appropriate balance for investment in
nanotechnology among US private and public entities (i.e., government,
corporate R&D, and venture capital) to achieve the NNI goal(s) (please
specify 1, 2, 3, and/or 4), and why?
 

D. Coordination and Partnerships

    D1. How could the NNI strengthen interagency coordination
and collaboration towards specific NNI goal(s) (please specify 1, 2, 3,
and/or 4) and objectives?
    D2. What improved mechanisms may be utilized to facilitate
innovative cross-disciplinary research supporting the NNI goal(s)
(please specify 1, 2, 3, and/or 4)?
    D3. What are the most effective roles of the government,
industry, academia, and other stakeholders in achieving this NNI goal
(1, 2, 3, and/or 4)?
    D4. What new forms of collaboration between stakeholders
should be explored to facilitate nanotechnology-based innovation into
applications?
 D5. What existing activities in the public and private
sector could the NNI develop or model to achieve the NNI goal(s)
(please specify 1, 2, 3, and/or 4)?
 D6. What partners or types of partners would need to
collaborate (i.e., government, specific foundations and industry
groups, new ideas for consortia) to accomplish the NNI goal(s) (please
specify 1, 2, 3, and/or 4)?
    D7. What are effective mechanisms to leverage and/or
coordinate US-funded research and development with international
efforts?
    D8. What mechanisms could NNI use to regularly engage
experts in academia and industry and other organizations for input on
its approach to addressing specific NNI goals (please specify 1, 2, 3,
and/or 4)?
    D9. What is the role of public engagement in achieving
specific NNI goals? In what ways can the Federal government best engage
with citizens to ensure the sustainable development of nanotechnology-
based products with the broadest economic and societal benefits?
 

Evaluation

    E1. What specific criteria (e.g., nanotechnology
publications and citations, nanotechnology patent activity,
nanotechnology-related job creation, relative international
nanotechnology investments) should the NNI use to evaluate its progress
towards the NNI goal(s) (please specify 1, 2, 3, and/or 4) and in what
priority order?
    E2. Which organizations (e.g., government committees,
independent organizations, international bodies) should perform the
evaluation of progress towards the NNI goal(s) (please specify 1, 2, 3,
and/or 4)?
    E3. How can NNI best balance fundamental and applied
research and development towards the NNI goal(s) (please specify 1, 2,
3, and/or 4)?
 

Policy

    F1. What new, or existing, specific policies should the
NNI agencies develop or adjust to support the NNI goal(s) (please
specify 1, 2, 3, and/or 4) and to realize the broader economic and
societal benefits associated with advances in nanotechnology?
    Examples: Policies that impact and/or support the NNI goals might
address procurement, incentive prizes, technical documentary standards,
international collaboration, targeted investment, permanent resident
cards for foreign graduates from accredited US academic institutions,
etc.
    F2. What best practices can be drawn from nanotechnology-
and innovation-related policies in other sectors and countries?
 

Responses and/or questions may be sent to either NNISStrategy@ostp.gov  or to

Office of Science and Technology Policy,

ATTN: Nano RFI,

Executive Office of the President,
725 17th Street,

Room 5228,

Washington, DC 20502.

Phone: (202) 456-
7116,

Fax: (202) 456-6021.
 

Responses to the RFI need to be submitted by 11:59PM August 15, 2010.

EPA Retracts Carbon Nanotube SNURs

Today's issue of the Federal Register carries a notice from the EPA withdrawing two significant new use final rules. EPA is withdrawing these SNURs affecting multi-walled carbon nanotubes and single-walled carbon nanotubes after having received a notice of intent to submit adverse comments. The text of the notice is below and a link to the PDF version may be found here. The notice also refers to an earlier notice from EPA published in the Federal Register for June 24, 2009.

Federal Register: August 21, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 161)]
[Rules and Regulations]              
[Page 42177-42178]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 721

[EPA-HQ-OPPT-2008-0252; FRL-8433-9]
RIN 2070-AB27


Certain Chemical Substances; Withdrawal of Significant New Use
Rules

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Withdrawal of final rules.

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SUMMARY: EPA is withdrawing two significant new use rules (SNURs)
promulgated under section 5(a)(2) of the

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Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were
the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs), i.e., multi-walled carbon
nanotubes (PMN P-08-177) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (PMN P-08-
328). These chemical substances are subject to TSCA section 5(e)
consent orders issued by EPA. EPA published the SNURs using direct
final rulemaking procedures. EPA received a notice of intent to submit
adverse comments on these rules. Therefore, the Agency is withdrawing
these SNURs, as required under the expedited SNUR rulemaking process.
EPA also intends to publish in the Federal Register, under separate
notice and comment rulemaking procedures, proposed SNURS for these two
chemical substances.

DATES: This final rule is effective August 21, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information contact: Colby
Lintner, Regulatory Coordinator, Environmental Assistance Division
(7408M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-
0001; telephone number: (202) 554-1404; e-mail address: TSCA-
Hotline@epa.gov
.
    For technical information contact: Karen Chu, Chemical Control
Division (7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics,
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.,
Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-8773; e-mail
address: chu.karen@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Does this Action Apply to Me?

    A list of potentially affected entities is provided in the Federal
Register of June 24, 2009 (74 FR 29982) (FRL-8417-6). If you have
questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular
entity, consult the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION CONTACT.

II. What Rules are Being Withdrawn?

     In the Federal Register of June 24, 2009 (74 FR 29982), EPA issued
several direct final SNURs, including SNURs for the two chemical
substances that are the subject of this withdrawal. These direct final
rules were issued pursuant to the procedures in 40 CFR part 721,
subpart D. In accordance with 40 CFR 721.160(c)(3)(ii), EPA is
withdrawing the rules issued for multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PMN P-
08-177) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (PMN P-08-328) because the
Agency received a notice of intent to submit adverse comments. EPA
intends to propose SNURs for these two chemical substances via notice
and comment rulemaking in a future Federal Register document.
     For further information regarding EPA's expedited process for
issuing SNURs, interested parties are directed to 40 CFR part 721,
subpart D, and the Federal Register of July 27, 1989 (54 FR 31314). The
record for the direct final SNURs for these chemical substances which
are being withdrawn was established at EPA-HQ-OPPT-2008-0252. That
record includes information considered by the Agency in developing
these rules and the notice of intent to submit adverse comments.

III. How Do I Access the Docket?

     To access the electronic docket, please go to http://
www.regulations.gov
and follow the online instructions to access docket
ID no. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2008-0252. Additional information about the Docket
Facility is provided under ADDRESSES in the Federal Register document
of June 4, 2009 (74 FR 29982). If you have questions, consult the
technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

IV. What Statutory and Executive Order Reviews Apply to this Action?

     This final rule revokes or eliminates an existing regulatory
requirement and does not contain any new or amended requirements. As
such, the Agency has determined that this withdrawal will not have any
adverse impacts, economic or otherwise. The statutory and executive
order review requirements applicable to the direct final rule were
discussed in the Federal Register document of June 24, 2009 (74 FR
29982). Those review requirements do not apply to this action because
it is a withdrawal and does not contain any new or amended
requirements.

V. Congressional Review Act

    The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., generally
provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating
the rule must submit a rule report to each House of the Congress and
the Comptroller General of the United States. EPA will submit a report
containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate,
the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the
United States prior to publication of the rule in the Federal Register.
This rule is not a ``major rule'' as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 721

    Environmental protection, Chemicals, Hazardous substances,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.


    Dated: August 17, 2009.
Wendy C. Hamnett,
Acting Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.

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Therefore, 40 CFR part 721 is amended as follows:

PART 721--[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for part 721 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2604, 2607, and 2625(c).


Sec.  721.10155  [Removed]

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2. By removing Sec.  721.10155.


Sec.  721.10156  [Removed]

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3. By removing Sec.  721.10156.

[FR Doc. E9-20150 Filed 8-20-09; 8:45 am]

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EPA Finally Issues "Nanosilver" Notice

In response to the Samsung Washing Machine "nanosilver" controversy last year, EPA indicated it would issue a federal notice concerning how it intends to treat silver ion generators under FIFRA. Many urged EPA to use this opportunity to issue a broad proclamation that all products containing nanoscale silver would be required to be registered as pesticides under FIFRA. NanoLawReport believed EPA would issue a significantly narrower ruling.

On Monday, EPA finally published its promised federal notice requiring products that emit silver ions or other antimicrobial substances to be registered as pesticides under FIFRA. EPA was clear that the notice is not intended to regulate nanotechnology as a whole, nor has the Agency even received information suggesting that the Samsung washing machine in question uses nanotechnology. Whether EPA will require other products containing nanosilver to be registered under FIFRA is likely to be decided on a case-by-case basis.