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Posted: April 24, 2007
Berkeley issues nanotechnology material disclosure guidelines
(Nanowerk News) Back in December we reported that the City of Berkeley became the first city to attempt to regulate the fast-growing use of nanotechnology in industry. Berkeley has adopted what they call a "manufactured nanoscale material disclosure ordinance" which has been incorporated into the city's hazardous materials business plan HMBP requirements (Title 15, Berkeley Municipal Code and by reference, Chapter 6.95 Division 20 of California Health & Safety Code).
Berkeley has now issued a 3-page "Introduction to Manufactured Nanoscale Material Health & Safety Disclosure". It covers the reporting period of June 1, 2007-June 2, 2008.
Facilities that produce or handle manufactured nanoscale materials (defined as manufactured chemicals that are engineered and which have one dimension less than 100 nanometers) are required to submit a report, incorporating the items listed in document, to the Toxics Management Division (TMD) by June 1, 2007.