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Posted: August 13, 2007

EPA seeks further input on nanotechnology

(Nanowerk News) EPA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will hold a public meeting, Thurs., Sept. 6 and Fri., Sept. 7, 2007 in Arlington, Va., in line with its continuing effort to better understand the potential risks and benefits of nanotechnology.
The meeting's goal is to help develop EPA's Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). It's one of several actions EPA has been taking to gather information to better understand potential risks and benefits of nanotechnology.
At the meeting EPA will request comment on:
• Characteristics currently used or potentially available to characterize nanoscale materials;
• Rationale for the use of these characteristics; and
• Issues to consider regarding use of these characteristics in the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program
In October 2006, EPA launched a collaborative process and invited stakeholders to participate in the design, development, and implementation of a Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program under TSCA. Its goal is to provide a firmer scientific foundation for regulatory decisions by encouraging the development of key scientific information and appropriate risk management practices for nanoscale materials.
To attend the meeting, use the EPA's online registration form or contact Laurie Stamatatos at (781) 674-7320 or meetings@erg.com. Meeting registrations are handled by Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG), a contractor to EPA. Registrations must be received by August 29, 2007. Requests for special accommodations may be submitted through the registration Web site by August 29, 2007. There is no charge to attend this meeting.
For more information about nanotechnology and the upcoming meeting: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/nano/mc-mtginfo.htm
Source: EPA
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