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USEPA Levies $82,400 Fine Against Nano-Silver Consumer Product

Dec. 2010- Over the past few years, USEPA's California office has levied fines against manufacturers of products incorporating nanoscale materials when the companies have made unsubstantiated claims that their products kill germs, mold, bacteria, and other household pathogens.  For example, in 2008, USEPA fined a California computer peripherial manufacturer -- IOGEAR -- $208,000 for selling a ...

Nanotechnology Innovation Summit Overviews Successes of the First Decade of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, Emphasizes Challenges Remaining

Dec. 2010- The Nanotechnology Innovation Summit held December 8-10, 2010 in Washington, D.C. provided a broad view of the emergence, growth, and success of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) marking the 10th anniversary of the interagency Federal initiative. The event was preceded by a preliminary workshop held on Wednesday December 8, 2010 where attendees heard directly from program managers at ...

National Nanotechnology Initiative Issues New EHS-Strategy Document

Dec. 2010- On December 6, 2010, the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Technology released the draft "National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Strategy" (2011 NNI EHS Research Strategy).  The document is intended to replace the National Nanotechnology Initiative's ...

Funding Opportunity: Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology

Dec. 2010- The National Science Foundation has funding opportunities for the Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology program through the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems. This program provides support to develop and test the environmental effects of nanotechnologies. Fundamental research is sought to understand, evaluate, and mitigate the impact of ...

NanoBusiness Alliance Interview with Lynn L. Bergeson

Nov. 2010- The NanoBusiness Alliance continues its interview series with Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C).  Lynn is one of America's top EH&S practitioners and is the Chairman of the NanoBusiness Alliance's EHS Committee.  B&C is a Washington, D.C. law firm concentrating on conventional and engineered nanoscale chemical, pesticide, ...

New Nano-specific Regulations Forthcoming from U.S. EPA

Oct. 2010- In its ongoing efforts to guard against potential unintended environmental, health, or safety injuries related to possible exposure to certain nanoscale materials, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to issue three new proposed nano-specific regulations in January 2011.  While EPA is already actively regulating certain nanoscale materials which it considers new chemical ...

Massachusetts Issues Nano-EHS Guidance Document

Aug. 2010- Massachusetts’ Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA) recently released its “OTA Technology Guidance Document: Nanotechnology - Considerations for Safe Development” which has been in development for the past couple of years.  The document begins by noting the tremendous positive influence nanotechnology is predicted to have in the fields of biomedical ...

Challenges Remain for Effective Growth of Nanotechnology Enabled Products

Jul. 2010- The investment made by the federal government via the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) to spawn growth of emerging nano-enabled products and maintain global leadership by the U.S. in fundamental nanoscale science and technology has been effective in meeting specified goals and objectives over the first decade. According to conclusions from the recent report by the President’s ...

Harmless Natural Nanoparticles Show Potential to Replace Metal-based Nanoparticles in Sunscreen

Jul. 2010- Quite a lot of nanotechnology research and manufacturing efforts go into synthesizing metal-based nanoparticles. Unfortunately, some of the nanoparticle manufacturing processes themselves (see: "Not so 'green' nanotechnology manufacturing") as well as the final nanoparticle materials may be of potential concern for environmental regulators and for researchers attempting to ...

Is Global Nano-Product Labeling Right Around the Corner?

Jul. 2010- On July 9, 2010, the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Technical Committee 229 on Nanotechnologies presented a webinar requesting general public input regarding ISO’s draft technical specification (TS) entitled “Labeling of Manufactured Nano-Objects and Products Containing Manufactured Nano-Objects.”  ...

NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop To Take Place July 13 - 14, 2010

Jun. 2010- The National Nanotechnology Initiative will hold a Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workhop on July 13 - 14, 2010, in Arlington, VA. This event is free, open to the public, and will be webcast for the benefit of those who are unable to attend.

New England Nano Event Addresses Environmental Health and Safety Topics

Jun. 2010- The New England Nanomanufacturing Summit 2010 (NENS 2010), held at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, MA June 22-24, showcased groundbreaking research in nanotechnology with a focus towards manufacturing and commercialization topics. The event was organized by the National Nanomanufacturing Network, the NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM) at the University of Massachusetts at ...

NanoSafety Consortium for Carbon Established

May. 2010- On March 15, 2010, 12 leading companies involved in the commercialization of carbon nanomaterials and products announced the formation of the NanoSafety Consortium for Carbon (NCC) to address global legal, regulatory, environmental, health, and safety issues related to the responsible commercialization of their products.

PCAST Recommendations Set the Stage for a National Nanomanufacturing Roadmap for the Next Decade

Apr. 2010- The recent Report to the President and Congress on the Third Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) included several key recommendations that will lay the groundwork for establishing a National Nanomanufacturing Roadmap. Under the provisions of The 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-153), a National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel ...

University of California, San Francisco Publishes Draft Nanotechnology Regulatory Policy Recommendations.

Apr. 2010- The Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is part of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Services located in UCSF’s School of Medicine.  PRHE recently published its draft “A Nanotechnology Policy Framework: Policy Recommendations for Addressing Potential Health Risks from ...

EPA SBIR Phase I Program Solicitation

Apr. 2010- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites small business firms to submit research proposals under this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Solicitation. The SBIR program is a phased process across the Federal Government of soliciting proposals and awarding funding agreements for research (R) or research and development (R&D) to meet stated agency needs or missions. Closing date ...

Presidentís Council Evaluates National Nanotechnology Initiative

Mar. 2010- Maxine Savitz[1] and Ed Penhoe[2] provided a recent presentation summarizing the highlights of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)[3] report on the status of the US National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) at a public meeting held at the National Academics on March 12, 2010.

Stanford University Responds to California's DTSC Data Call-In for Carbon Nanotubes

Jan. 2010- In late December 2009, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) received the first response1 to its January 22, 2009 information request regarding carbon nanotubes2. The original request targeted 26 purported California manufacturers and/or importers of carbon nanotubes3.

ONAMI Fellow Studies Safety, Toxicology of Nanoparticles

Dec. 2009- Stacey Harper, a nationally recognized leader in the interactions of nanomaterials with biological systems, has been named as the sixth “signature research faculty fellow” of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, or ONAMI.

Australia Considers Proposal for Nano-Regulatory Reform

Dec. 2009- In November 2009, the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Aging (DHA) published a public discussion paper —“Proposal for Regulatory Reform of Industrial Nanomaterials”—in relation to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), which provides a national system of notification and assessment of industrial chemicals.  ...

Working Group Makes Important Contribution to EPAís Scientific Advisory Panel on Nanosilver

Dec. 2009- On November 3 – 6, 2009 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meeting in Arlington, Virginia to discuss the “Evaluation of Hazard and Exposure Associated with Nanosilver and Other Nanometal Oxide Pesticide Products.”[1]  The meeting was well attended. Over seventy-five people from industry, regulatory, public interest, and ...

First Global Nanotech Regulation Database

Dec. 2009- A global database of government documents on nanotechnology is being launched by three law professors at Arizona State University who, with their colleagues in Australia and Belgium, have corralled and organized a massive number of regulatory documents dealing with the rapidly advancing technology.

NIEHS Call for Applications to Study Engineered Nanomaterials Interactions with Biological Processes

Nov. 2009- The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) announced a new funding opportunity to understand how physical and chemical characteristics of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) influence their molecular  interactions with biological matrices and elicit biological responses. Letters of intent are due by December 22, 2009. 

NNI nanoEHS Workshop Brief: Nanomaterials and Human Health & Instrumentation, Metrology, and Analytical Methods, November 17-18, 2009

Nov. 2009- On November 17 and 18 the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) held the third of four workshops in its nanoEHS series. The series is an effort to review the state of research in what is now the NNI’s fastest growing program component area: Environmental, Health, and Safety Research.

Hazardous Substances Data Bank Adds First Set of Nanomaterials Records

Nov. 2009- In October, the National Library of Medicine's Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSBD)—a comprehensive, peer-reviewed database of toxicology information for over 5,000 chemicals—added seven nanomaterials records, the first set of such records in the datafile.

Study of Chinese Print Workers Claims to Provide the First Human Evidence of the Clinical Toxicity of Long-term Nanoparticle Exposures

Oct. 2009- A recent study published in the well-known medical journal, the European Respiratory Journal, has been receiving significant publicity as the authors have claimed their findings support an apparent linkage between workplace exposures to nanoparticles and severe respiratory disease.  Specifically, in this study, investigators at China's Capital University of Medical Science related ...

Third NNI Workshop in nanoEHS Series to Be Held November 17 - 18

Oct. 2009- The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) will hold their third nanoEHS workshop on November 17-18 at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, Arlington, Virginia. The workshop, Nanomaterials and Human Health & Instrumentation, Metrology, and Analytical Methods, will continue the dialogue on some of the most crucial scientific questions of the day.

NNN Welcomes John Monica as a Contributing Editor

Sep. 2009- The National Nanomanufacturing Network is pleased to welcome John Monica, Jr., of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur as a Contributing Editor on Environmental Health and Safety and Regulation issues for InterNano.

Nanotechnology Legislation in the 111th Congress

Sep. 2009- Congress returned from it's August recess last week, so it seems like a good moment to review legislation affecting nanotechnology that has been introduced so far in the 111th Congress. (This overview was originally published on the PorterWright Nanotechnology Law Report.)

Turning Plastic Waste into a Feedstock for Making Nanomaterials

Sep. 2009- There is no denying the fact that plastic wastes have caused serious environmental problems – and continue to do so. Everyday plastic products, for instance water bottles or plastic bags from supermarkets, are so durable that they will either not rot at all or have long biodegradation periods of 50 years and more ("Biodegradability of degradable plastic waste").

Sourcelist on Chinese Worker Exposure to Nanoparticle Study

Aug. 2009- The publication in the European Respiratory Journal of a study by Y. Song and colleagues of Capital University of Medical  Sciences in Beijing China that links nanoparticles with lung disease and the deaths of two factory workers has received a spate of quick responses from the scientific community. Below is a chronological compilation of resources and reactions to the work.

Save the Date: Second NNI Workshop in nanoEHS Series October 6-7, 2009

Aug. 2009- The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is holding a series of workshops stretching into March 2010 to assess the state of ongoing nanotechnology-related Envrionmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) research.  The second of the four-workshop series being publicly offered by the NNI, Nanomaterials and the Environment  & Instrumentation, Metrology and Analytical Methods will take ...

National Nanotechnology Initiative Amendments Act 2009 Introduced in Senate

Jul. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: On July 21, Senator John Kerry introduced the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Amendments Act of 2009 (S.1482) in the Senate.

EPA Increases Regulation on Carbon Nanotubes

Jul. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: In the June 24 Federal Register notice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency put forth two significant new use rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 23 chemical substances, including single- and multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

Two Calls for Abstracts on Nanotechnology for Environmental Remediation

Jul. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network:  The Environmental Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Groundwater Resources Association of California have both issued calls for abstracts for two upcoming events on nanotechnology and the environment.

Conference on Environmental Implications and Applications of Nanotechnology

Apr. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The June 9-11, 2009 Conference on the Environmental Implications and Applications of Nanotechnology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will convene leading nano researchers, nano policy and regulatory experts, practitioners, manufacturers and users to better understand the environmental aspects of nanotechnology -- from characterization, fate and ...

Greener Nano 2009

Apr. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative (SNNI) 4th annual conference focused on cutting edge research in greener nanomaterials design and production and brought together academics, industrialists and policymakers to discuss approaches to developing economically viable, environmentally benign methods to advance nanotechnology.

Nanomaterial Safety: Two Steps Forward

Apr. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are moving the issue of safe handling of manufactured nanomaterials forward, step by step.

Nanomanufacturing Gets a Boost in Recent Legislation

Mar. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: Two pieces of legislation, the National Nanotechnology Initiative Reauthorization Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, acknowledge the importance of nanomanufacturing for increased American competitiveness and economic growth.

Nanomaterials Regulations: Balancing Insight with Oversight

Feb. 2009- Emerging nanomaterials and nano-enabled consumer products are projected to have a significant, global impact on future economic, societal, and quality-of-life issues. The field of nanotechnology in general—and nanomanufacturing processes and nanomanufactured materials in particular—present a new regulatory paradigm for commercial sectors, academics, and government oversight and ...

Canada Preparing to Collect Information on Engineered Nanomaterials

Feb. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: On January 28, the Woodrow Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) issued a press release stating that the Canadian government is preparing to collect information from companies on their use of engineered nanomaterials. The Canadian Press published a parallel story also on January 28.

Best Practices for Working With Nanoparticles

Jan. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: Drs. Michael Ellenbecker and Candace Tsai of the University of Massachusetts Lowell have authored a working document, Interim Best Practices for Working with Nanoparticles, for use at the NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN). This publicly available document will be discussed at the upcoming 2nd Annual Massachusetts Nanotechnology Workshop in ...

Save The Date: Massachusetts Nanotechnology Workshop

Dec. 2008- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The Massachusetts Interagency Nanotechnology Committee will be holding a workshop to promote the safe development of nanotechnology in Massachusetts on January 29, 2009.

Environmental Fate of Buckyballs

Sep. 2008- Purdue University: New research by Purdue University researchers sheds light on the potential risk and fate of buckyball nanomaterial.

Nanoparticle Characteristics Affecting Uptake by Cells

Sep. 2008- University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University: Researchers at UNC-CH and NCSU have shown the importance of nanoparticle size, shape and surface chemistry on uptake by living cells.

Survey on Nano-Electro-Technology Being Conducted

Sep. 2008- National Nanomanufacturing Network: A survey is being conducted by the International Electro-technical Commission Technical Committee 113 (TC 113) on Nanotechnology standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems (Nano-electro-technology). 

Lower-Energy Treatment of Air Contamination using Gold Nanoparticles

Sep. 2008- Researchers from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia; Nankai University in Tianjin, China; and The Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing, China have discovered that gold nanoparticles can be used as catalysts at ambient temperatures in light-driven oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 

Safety of Nanomaterials in Food Packaging

Aug. 2008- The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Grocery Manufacturers Association have released a report addressing the safety of nanomaterials in food packaging.

OECD Publishes List of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials for Testing

Jun. 2008- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials has released a representiative set of manufactured nanomaterials that will be tested for human health and environmental safety effects.

NIST Publishes Recommended Practice Guide for SWNTs

Apr. 2008-  National Nanomanufacturing Network: NIST has published a new Recommended Practice Guide for the measurement of single-walled carbon nanotubes.

SAFENANO and BSI publish guide to safe handling of nanomaterials

Jan. 2008- The British Standards Institute and SAFENANO have published a guide to the safe handling of manufactured nanomaterials.  "PD 6699-2:2007 Nanotechnologies - Part 2: Guide to safe handling and disposal of manufactured nanomaterials provides step-by-step guidance through the general approach to management of risks, information needs, hazard assessment, measurement of exposure, methods of ...