What! EPA is Regulating Me? Approaches to Managing Industrial Nanoscale Materials

Markey, Kristan. (2010) What! EPA is Regulating Me? Approaches to Managing Industrial Nanoscale Materials. In: New England Nanomanufacturing Summit 2010, June 22 - 24, 2010, Lowell, MA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) regulates the manufacture and use of industrial chemicals to control potential unreasonable risks to human health and the environment from the workplace to the consumer. Identifying the implications and avoiding additional unintended consequences of nanoscale materials (NMs) is challenging, because many of the models that have served to evaluate potential hazards and exposures in previous decades of chemicals management may no longer be applicable. The Agency is closely evaluating potential risks of new nanoscale chemicals on a case-by-case basis with an eye towards developing consistent approaches in the face of large data gaps. Development of new regulations is also underway on existing chemicals in the nanoscale. These initiatives dovetail research and regulation by other governmental, academic, and industrial stakeholders at the state, federal, and international levels. Understanding how the USEPA is engaging and approaching NMs risk assessment and management will help companies better plan for their own commercialization and participate in the dialogue on the responsible development of nanotechnology.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA),
InterNano Taxonomy: Social and Economic Impacts > Policy and Regulation
Environment, Health, and Safety > Human Health
Environment, Health, and Safety > Environmental Impact
Collections: National Nanomanufacturing Network Archive > Conferences and Workshops > New England Nanomanufacturing Summit 2010
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Depositing User: Rebecca Reznik-Zellen
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2010 19:49
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2010 14:46
URI: http://eprints.internano.org/id/eprint/501

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