On, January 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a rule requiring one-time reporting and recordkeeping requirements on nanoscale chemical substances in the marketplace.
Nanoscale materials have special properties related to their small size such as greater strength and lighter weight, however, they may take on different properties than their conventionally-sized counterpart. Nanoparticles are being used in electronics manufacturing processes and materials.
For the first time, EPA is using the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to collect existing exposure and health and safety information on chemicals currently in the marketplace when manufactured or processed as nanoscale materials. Companies will be required to notify EPA regarding chemical identities, production volume, methods of manufacture; processing, use, exposure, and release information, and, available health and safety data. EPA will use the information to determine if any further action under TSCA is needed.
The rule, which requires reporting within one year, will take effect May 12.