Nanomaterials: Complying With the New EPA Regulations

EPA issues first significant new use rule for nanoparticles

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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This seminar will examine the emerging trends in the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of nanomaterials, the impact of regulation on manufacturers and importers, and best practices for complying with the EPA requirements.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first regulations that govern nanoscale materials. On November 5, the EPA issued its first "significant new use rule" (SNUR) for two specific nanoparticles under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The EPA action, along with its October 31 announcement that carbon nanotubes are subject to TSCA, signal a tougher new compliance regime and more active regulation of nanomaterials. Regulation of nanotechnology continues to be one of the EPA's priorities.

Manufacturers are infusing consumer products with nanoparticles at an increasing pace, even though the environmental impact is often unknown. Companies and their legal counsel must fully understand EPA regulations and how to meet the EPA requirements.

Listen as our authoritative panel of environmental law attorneys examines the emerging trends in the EPA's regulation of nanomaterials, the impact of regulation on manufacturers and importers, and best practices for complying with the EPA regulations.



  1. EPA actions
    1. TSCA Inventory Status of Nanoscale Substances
    2. Contract Manufacturer Consent Order — Thomas Swan and Co. Ltd.
    3. Carbon nanotube (CNT) announcement
    4. SNURs for nanoparticles
    5. Regulation of nanoparticle silver
  2. Implications for manufacturers and importers of nanomaterials
    1. Manufacturer obligations for “new” chemical substances
    2. Potential litigation concerns
  3. Best practices for compliance and minimize exposure
    1. Evaluate implications of activities under TSCA
    2. For companies planning to manufacture, process or import nanoparticles
    3. For companies currently manufacturing, processing or importing nanoparticles


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What steps has the EPA taken so far toward imposing regulation on nanomaterials?
  • What are the practical consequences for manufacturers and distributors of the EPA's nanomaterial regulation?
  • What key steps should companies using or distributing nanomaterials take now in order to minimize the risk of noncompliance?


Brett H. Oberst
Brett H. Oberst

Of Counsel
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

He focuses on commercial litigation, with an emphasis in environmental litigation and regulatory practice.

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Valerie E. Ross
Valerie E. Ross

Goodwin Procter

She is a litigation partner who focuses on products liability and insurance law matters, as well as environmental and...  |  Read More

Reed D. Rubinstein
Reed D. Rubinstein
Greenberg Traurig

He focuses his practice on environmental law, regulatory and administrative law, and litigation. His experience...  |  Read More

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