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Nano.gov announces webinar for 09/20/2012

In a notice that appeared in last Thursday’s Federal Register, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), announced that it would be hosting a webinar on Nano.gov on Thursday 09/20/2012, from 12:15 until 1PM. " NNCO is seeking public comment and recommendations on potential updates to, improvements on, and opportunities for public engagement through Nano.gov."

The webinar will consist of two parts. Part 1, the first 20 minutes of the webinar, will be spent on short presentations by the moderator and four panelists:

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Moderator: Marlowe Epstein-Newman, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)—Marlowe is the Communications Director at NNCO and was the Project Manager for the first Nano.gov redesign in 2011. She manages the content on Nano.gov as well as the NNI’s social media presence.      

     

  

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Panelists: Carl Batt, Cornell University—Carl is a Food Science professor with ties to National Science Foundation as a regularly consulted expert. Carl recently collaborated with the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network and Walt Disney World to create a permanent nanotechnology exhibit at Epcot Center.

 

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Joshua A,  Chamot, National Science Foundation (NSF)—Josh is a public affairs specialist in NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. As a seasoned public affairs professional, he provides a unique perspective on media, public relations, and outreach tactics from a Federal Government perspective. Josh works in a variety of media to bring science stories to the public.

 

 

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Mary Ann Latko, American Industrial Hygiene Association(AIHA)—Mary Ann is a Managing Director at …

2012 Regional, State and Local Initiatives in Nanotechnology Workshop

Today’s issue of the Federal Register carries a "Notice of Public Meeting", announcing the 2012 Regional, State and Local (RSL) Initiatives in Nanotechnology workshop, to be held 1-2 May in Portland, Oregon.

This workshop will bring together leaders of regional, state, and local organizations to engage in dialog with the Federal government; economic development groups; investors and entrepreneurs; technology leaders; and scientists and engineers from industry, business, government, and academia. The discussion will address a wide range of resource, organizational, and policy issues impacting RSL nanotechnology initiatives.  

Principal themes addressed in the workshop will include:

  • Current landscape of U.S. RSL nanotechnology initiatives and their health

  • Current Federal resources available for RSLs

  • RSL best practices, business models, and opportunities for partnering; and

  • Role of nanotechnology RSLs in future U.S. economic growth and job creation.

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The workshop is cosponsored by the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and theOregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institutes (ONAMI).

Anyone planning to attend the workshop is required to register, either online, via e-mail ( RSL12@nnco.nano.gov ) or via regular US mail (  RSL 2012 Workshop, c/o NNCO, 4201 Wilson Boulevard,  Stafford II, Suite 405, Arlington, VA 22230). Registration is on a "first come, first served" basis and runs from today, March 5, 2012 until 5PM April 27, 2012. Those interested in presenting 3-5 minutes of public comments at the meeting should also register at http://www.nano.gov/rslregistration. Written or  electronic comments should be submitted by email to RSL12@nnco.nano.gov  until April 27, 2012. The workshop …

International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology to be held March 2012

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, in a "Notice of Public Meeting" published in the Federal Register of 02/02/2012, announced that on March 27-28 of this year, it would be holding an "International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology". The symposium, organized by the National Nanotechnology Initiative and theOrganization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The symposium will be hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC on March 27th and 28th from 8:30AM to 6PM.

The symposium will focus on

the scope of economic impacts of nanotechnology, input and output factors, metrics for other technological assessments, and consideration of the appropriateness of these metrics for nanotechnology materials and products. Topics addressed will include the role of research funding portfolios, intellectual property frameworks, venture capital, public-private partnerships, state and local initiatives, international cooperation, and metrics such as private sector and industry investments, patents and publications, and the development of a technologically-educated workforce as metrics for nanotechnology.

Confirmed as speakers at the symposium are:

  • Françoise Roure, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

  • Gregory Tassey, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States

  • Mark Morrison, Institute for Nanotechnology, United Kingdom

  • Adalberto Fazzio, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil

  • Kazunobu Tanaka, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan

  • Altaf Carim, Office of Science and Technology Policy, United States

  • Herbert von Bose, European Commission

  • Joseph Molapisi, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa

  • GV Ramaraju, Department of Information Technology, India

  • Tom Crawley, Spinverse

  • Philip Shapira,

EPA Extends comment period

Wednesday’s Federal Register carried a notice from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extending the comment period for proposed methods of collecting information regarding the use of nanoscale materials in pesticides published in the Federal Register of June 17, 2011. The original deadline for submitting comments was July 18, 2011. The deadline for submission has been extended to august 17, 2011.

The 30 day extension was requested by four commenters – Croplife America, a trade group repsenting " the developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States", the American Chemical Council, the Chemical Producers and Distributors Association, a trade group "representing the interests of generic pesticide registrants, with a membership that includes manufacturers, formulators, and distributors of pesticide products", and theInternational Center for Technology Assessment, "a non-profit, bi-partisan organization committed to providing the public with full assessments and analyses of technological impacts on society". The comments may beviewed on Regulations.gov.

Information on submitting comments is available from either the original notice or the notice published on Wednesday.…

EPA Releases SNURS Affecting Multi-Walled and Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

In the Federal Register for Friday 09/17/2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), acting under the authority granted to it under section 5(a)(2) of the TSCA, issued as a final rule Significant New Use Rules (SNURS) affecting two chemical substances identified as generic multi-walled and single-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs and SWCNTs respectively). These SNURs are applicable to manufacturers, importers, and processors, who will be required to notify EPA at least 90 days in advance if they intend to use these substances "for a use that is designated as a significant new use by this final rule. . . . EPA believes that this action is necessary because these chemical substances may be hazardous to human health and the environment".

This final rule is the culmination of a process that has taken over a year. EPA had issued a direct final rule in the Federal Register issue of 06/24/2009. This direct final rule affected several chemical substances, including the MWCNTs and the SWCNTs, that had been the subject of various consent decrees issued by EPA. The language of the final rule affecting the MWCNTs read as follows:

Sec.  721.10155  Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (generic).

    (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as multi- walled carbon nanotubes (PMN P-08-177) is subject to reporting under this section for the significant new uses described in paragraph (a)(2) of this section.     (2) The significant new uses are:     (i) Protection in the workplace. Requirements as specified in Sec.  …

FDA Public Workshop on Medical Devices & Nanotechnology

Monday’s federal register carried a notice from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announcing a public workshop on "Medical Devices & Nanotechnology: Manufacturing, Characterization, and Biocompatibility Considerations" to be held September 23 2010, from 8AM to 5PM at the Hilton Washington DC/North Gaithersburg, in Gathersburg, MD. Persons interested in participating in the workshop need to register by September 15, 2010. The notice provides a link and details on how to register. If anyone wishes to make an oral presentation during the workshop sessions, that needs to be indicated at the time of registration.

According to the notice

The objective of this public workshop is to obtain information on manufacturing, characterization, and evaluation of biocompatibility of medical devices containing or utilizing nanomaterials and nanostructures.

Issues for Discussion

    The workshop will focus on two topics: (1) Manufacturing and characterization of medical devices containing or utilizing nanomaterials or nanostructures; (2) biocompatibility evaluation of medical devices containing or utilizing nanomaterials or nanostructures. The discussion on manufacturing and characterization will include the evaluation of physico-chemical properties of nanomaterials or nanostructures, characterization methods required, device manufacturing processes and evaluation of the final processed device after sterilization, and stability and aging studies. The discussion on biocompatibility evaluation will include testing for potential release of nanomaterials and additional testing considerations other than standard testing methods to determine the biocompatibility and toxicity of devices containing or utilizing nanomaterials or structures.

Registrants for the workshop will be participate in the oral presentations discussed above and via two roundtable discussions between the FDA’s staff …

NNI Strategic Plan 2010 Request for Information

Today’s issue of the Federal Register carries a request for information  (RFI) from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as part of the effort to gain input from stakeholders in creating a new National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan, to be issued in December 2010.

The RFI seeks responses from the stakeholder community to sets of questions under six categories:

A. Goals and Objectives

    A1. What specific and measurable objectives should be established to help achieve the four stated NNI goals?      A2. Are there other overarching goals that would enable the NNI to better support the vision of a future in which the ability to understand and control matter at the nanoscale leads to a revolution in technology and industry that benefits society?  

B. Research Priorities

    B1. What are the most important gaps in the NNI R&D portfolio (i.e., specific underfunded areas ripe for success) that should be addressed to achieve the NNI goal(s) (please specify 1, 2, 3, and/or 4)?      B2. What nanotechnology R&D areas should NNI member agencies pursue under the Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives model of close and targeted program-level interagency collaboration to help accelerate nanotechnology innovation? B3. What are the most important scientific and technical challenges that would need to be met to realize the NNI goal(s) (1, 2, 3, and/or 4) and objectives?  

C. Investment

    C1. What types of research and development investments (e.g. support for individual investigators, small teams, centers, research infrastructure, etc.) should …

EPA Retracts Carbon Nanotube SNURs

Today’s issue of the Federal Register carries a notice from the EPA withdrawing two significant new use final rules. EPA is withdrawing these SNURs affecting multi-walled carbon nanotubes and single-walled carbon nanotubes after having received a notice of intent to submit adverse comments. The text of the notice is below and a link to the PDF version may be found here. The notice also refers to an earlier notice from EPA published in the Federal Register for June 24, 2009.

Federal Register: August 21, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 161)] [Rules and Regulations]               [Page 42177-42178] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr21au09-7]                        

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 721

[EPA-HQ-OPPT-2008-0252; FRL-8433-9] RIN 2070-AB27

Certain Chemical Substances; Withdrawal of Significant New Use Rules

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Withdrawal of final rules.

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SUMMARY: EPA is withdrawing two significant new use rules (SNURs) promulgated under section 5(a)(2) of the

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Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs), i.e., multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PMN P-08-177) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (PMN P-08- 328). These chemical substances are subject to TSCA section 5(e) consent orders issued by EPA. EPA published the SNURs using direct final rulemaking procedures. EPA received a notice of intent to submit adverse comments on these rules. Therefore, the Agency is withdrawing these SNURs, as required under the expedited SNUR rulemaking process. EPA also intends to publish in the Federal Register, under separate notice and comment rulemaking …

EPA Finally Issues “Nanosilver” Notice

In response to the Samsung Washing Machine "nanosilver" controversy last year, EPA indicated it would issue a federal notice concerning how it intends to treat silver ion generators under FIFRA. Many urged EPA to use this opportunity to issue a broad proclamation that all products containing nanoscale silver would be required to be registered as pesticides under FIFRA. NanoLawReport believed EPA would issue a significantly narrower ruling.

On Monday, EPA finally published its promised federal notice requiring products that emit silver ions or other antimicrobial substances to be registered as pesticides under FIFRA. EPA was clear that the notice is not intended to regulate nanotechnology as a whole, nor has the Agency even received information suggesting that the Samsung washing machine in question uses nanotechnology. Whether EPA will require other products containing nanosilver to be registered under FIFRA is likely to be decided on a case-by-case basis.…

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