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American Chemistry Council Backs EPA Program Focused on Nanoscale Materials

January 31, 2008

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has announced its support for a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiative that will provide information to enable better oversight and understanding of the potential risks and benefits of nanoscale chemical products.

The Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP) is a voluntary program intended to help provide a firmer scientific foundation for regulatory decisions by encouraging submissions of hazard and other information, including risk management practices, for nanoscale materials.

The ACC’s Nanotechnology Panel worked closely with the EPA for over two years in the development of NMSP to help ensure the program is successful and yields the information EPA needs. The panel strongly urges all developers, producers, importers, processors, and/or users of manufactured nanomaterials to participate. The NMSP includes nanomaterials that are either new or existing chemical substances (as determined by the status of the substance on the TSCA Chemical Substances Inventory).

For more information, visit www.americanchemistry.com.