Nanoscale Program Approach for Comment
July 12, 2007 -- To ensure stakeholder involvement in the development of the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program, EPA has issued Federal Register (FR) notices seeking public comment on a concept paper and other materials connected to this program.
Federal Register Notice on the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program
- Concept Paper for the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program under TSCA
- TSCA Inventory Status of Nanoscale Substances - General Approach
Federal Register Notice on Information Collection Activities in Support of EPA's Stewardship Program for Nanoscale Materials
- Information Collection in Support of EPA’s Stewardship Program for Nanoscale Materials; Supporting Statement
- Information Collection in Support of EPA’s Stewardship Program for Nanoscale Materials; Reporting Form
Comments are due to EPA 60 days after publication in the FR. How to comment.
Public Meeting Announced
In a separate FR notice, EPA announced a public meeting to discuss and receive comments on the development of the voluntary Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program under the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA). The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2007, in Arlington, VA. Additional information and to register for the meeting.
On October 18, 2006, EPA launched a collaborative process and invited stakeholders to participate in the design, development
and implementation of a Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP) under TSCA. The release of the July 2007 NMSP concept paper,
TSCA Inventory paper, and Information Collection Request for the NMSP for public review and comment are an important part of the
collaborative development process. These draft documents are intended to further discussion about the NMSP and will serve
as the foundation for establishing the details of the NMSP. More information on the
While EPA is seeking comment on all aspects of the NMSP, the Inventory paper, and the ICR, the Agency is especially interested in comments on the following items:
- Whether the data elements that have been identified in the NMSP are appropriate for nanoscale materials;
- Timing and phasing of submissions under the NMSP basic and in-depth programs and whether approaches for tiering data submissions are appropriate;
- Who would participate in the NMSP and how to encourage participation, especially from small and medium sized enterprises;
- What criteria to use for NMSP program evaluation and views on the timing and nature of any reports the Agency may issue;
- How to engage industry and other stakeholders in the NMSP in-depth program and approaches for generating test data;
- The processes and roles for EPA, participants, and other stakeholders during development and evaluation of data for the in-depth program;
- Possible approaches for identification and use of alternative sources of data, in order to minimize the burden of information collection associated with the NMSP;
- Uses for the data submitted to EPA under the NMSP program;
- Issues relevant to scope, definitions and descriptions;
- The suitability of the approach for determining the TSCA Inventory status of nanoscale materials discussed in the Inventory paper; and,
- Whether, in combination, the TSCA Inventory paper and the NMSP concept paper are sufficiently clear in how EPA plans at this time to address nanoscale materials that are new or existing chemicals under TSCA and the NMSP.
How To Comment
- EPA-HQ-OPPT-2004-0122 for the "Concept Paper for the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program under TSCA"
- EPA-HQ-OPPT-2004-0122 for the "TSCA Inventory Status of Nanoscale Substances - General Approach"
- EPA-HQ-OPPT-2007-0572 for the Information Collection Request in Support of EPA’s Stewardship Program for Nanoscale Materials
Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket, Regulations.gov or, if only available in hard copy, at the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) Regulatory Public Docket.
Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:
- Mail (Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) Regulatory Public Docket (docket number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2004-0122 for concept paper and inventory status, and docket number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2007-0572 for ICR), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001); or
- Hand delivery (OPPT Regulatory Public Docket, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room 3334, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC)
For further information contact Jim Alwood, 202-564-8974, firstname.lastname@example.org.