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Year End Nanotechnology Developments

By William J. Walsh, Of Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP The Environmental Protection Agency's Inspector General (IG) issued a report, EPA Needs to Manage Nanomaterial Risks More Effectively , December 29, 2011 critiquing EPA's regulation of nanomaterials (i.e., particles or fibers with a diameter...

Nanoparticles Impair Blood Vessel Function

Prior posts have noted the wide range of materials and consumer products in which nanoparticles are used, and also that nanoparticles can cross the so-called blood-brain barrier. New research, using animal models, suggests that such materials may impair blood vessel function. Researchers exposed rats...

NIOSH Issues Updated Nanotechnology Research And Guidance Plan

By Seth J. Schriftman In December 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH or "the institute") released its most updated nanotechnology strategic plan - Protecting the Nanotechnology Workforce: NIOSH Nanotechnology Research and Guidance Strategic Plan, 2013...

EPA Proposes New Nanoscale Chemical Reporting Rule

By E. Lynn Grayson EPA has proposed one-time reporting and record keeping requirements on nanoscale chemical substances in the marketplace. The proposed rule contains a 90-day public comment period. After the comment period, EPA will review and consider those comments before issuing any final rule...

Canada Takes Action to Ban Microbeads

The Canadian government recently took action to ban microbeads, very small particles found in a variety of consumer and personal care products that may pose adverse environmental impacts in rivers, lakes, and oceans after they are washed down the drain. Specifically, the Canadian government proposes...

Continuing Efforts to Ban Microbeads

The District of Columbia (D.C.) is the latest to propose a ban on microbeads starting January 1, 2018. The proposed ban, part of D.C.’s omnibus fisheries and wildlife bill aimed at ensuring marine areas and waterways remain pollutant-free, is one of the more aggressive approaches prohibiting the...