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Lynn L. Bergeson, "Safety Comes First for Nanotechnology," Chemical Processing, July 2009.

Earlier this year, the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON), Houston, launched the GoodNanoGuide, which is available online. To cater to all audiences, the guide provides basic, intermediate and advanced options to choose from to contribute to or search within the online forum. This innovative approach sets a new standard for creative, interactive, Internet-based product stewardship tools. This column explains why you may want to take a look at the GoodNanoGuide and consider the implications of this wonderful new stewardship tool.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Legal Lookout: Settling on a Definition for DSW," Pollution Engineering, July 2009.

EPA announced on May 5, 2009, the next steps on two hazardous waste rules issued under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), both addressing the definition of solid waste (DSW). This column provides background on the shape of things to come.

Lynn L. Bergeson, Lisa M. Campbell, and Lisa R. Burchi, "Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program: Data Sharing, Compensation, Protection," BNA Daily Environment Report, June 29, 2009.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued three important Federal Register notices April 15, 2009, laying the foundation for the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP), EPA’s next major data development initiative. This article focuses on those aspects of EPA’sFederal Register notices concerning how EPA will address joint data development, cost sharing, data compensation, and data protection under the EDSP (EDSP Policy Notice)

Lynn L. Bergeson, "EPA Working on Test Rule for Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes/TSCA Section 8(a) Rule for Several Nanoscale Substances," NanoBusiness Alliance Newsletter, Issue 8, June 18, 2009.

As you may know, twice each year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes a detailed listing of all matters on which it is working. The document is referred to as the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, and is published each spring and fall. The most recent spring issue was published on May 11, 2009.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Legal Lookout: Evaluating Chemicals: EPA Rolls Out Its Plan," Pollution Engineering, June 2009.

EPA announced the availability of a document entitled The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Strategic Plan for Evaluating the Toxicity of Chemicals. According to the agency, the purpose of the plan is to serve as a blueprint for the agency in incorporating advances in molecular biology and computational sciences into toxicity testing and risk assessment practices across the agency. This is an important document as it sets forth the agency's game plan for conducting chemical and risk assessments.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Anti-Terrorism Mandates Face Major Revision: Prospective legislation may put more emphasis on inherent safety," Chemical Processing, June 2009.

Congress is currently focusing on a key piece of legislation to reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), set to expire on October 4. This may lead to measures that are more far reaching and have a more significant impact upon the chemical industry.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "EPA Updates IRIS Process, Again," ABA Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know Committee Newsletter, Vol. 10, No. 4, June 2009.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on May 21, 2009, that it has reformed the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), again. According to EPA, the revisions are intended to “revitalize the program and ensure its scientific quality, integrity, transparency and timeliness.” In a May 21, 2009, memorandum, Administrator Jackson states that recent changes, including procedures formalized in an April 21, 2008, memorandum, “have reduced the transparency, timeliness, and scientific integrity of the IRIS process.”

Lynn L. Bergeson, "What’s New in Nanotechnology Regulations," Manufacturing Today, Spring 2009.

Over the last several months, there have been a number of significant nano regulatory developments. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on Jan. 12, 2009, its interim report on the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP). On Jan. 22, 2009, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) issued a data call-in for certain nanoscale substances.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Chemical Regulation: Preparing to Address the Challenges Ahead," Environmental Law Reporter, January 2009.

The environment has enjoyed unprecedented attention as a presidential campaign issue. While climate change, energy, and resource issues dominate, chemical regulation reform is plainly a topic gathering steam. As we approach a new year, a new Administration, and a new Congress, there is much to consider. Issues pertinent to chemical management are complicated, the rhetoric is strident, and areas on which stakeholders agree appear to be few and far between. This Article offers a few thoughts on how best to prepare for effective chemical regulation reform. 

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Legislators Set Agenda for Change," Chemical Processing, January 2009.

Regulations are expected to target the chemical industry in 2009. The new Administration and Congress promise an eventful new year -- It may result in significant changes in direction for regulation of chemicals by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Here’s a look at possible trends.

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