An update on the latest developments on the Environmental, Health and Safety of nanomaterials.

The Vireo Advisors website is the home for NanoEHS News, providing periodic updates about what is happening in the science, policy and regulatory worlds that affects commercialization, especially for those working on cellulose and related bio-based technologies. You’ll find event listings, and links to key resources that can help to find what you need to address environmental health and safety, risk analysis, and sustainability questions. Below we preview our latest headlines. This newsletter can also be viewed on the Vireo Advisors website.

Our Latest Headlines

Governmental Policy and Reports (U.S.A)

EPA Proposed Changes to Significant New Use Rules under TSCA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing revisions to the significant new uses of chemical substances under TSCA.READ MORE HERE.

EPA Publishes First TSCA Implementation Plan

The EPA held two public meetings in August, 2016 which examined the protocol for assessing and prioritizing chemicals which are governed under TSCA and the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. 81 Fed. Reg. 48789.READ MORE HERE.

White House Releases Documents to Modernize Biotechnology Products

The White House posted a blog featuring two documents which served to clarify the roles of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the evaluation new biotechnologies.READ MORE HERE.

FDA Proposed Amendment of GLP for Non-Clinical Laboratory Studies

The FDA has proposed significant changes to the Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) for Non-Clinical Laboratory Studies READ MORE HERE.

EPA Rule to be Released Regarding Implementation of Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products

The EPA is expected to soon deliver their final rule regarding implementation of the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act READ MORE HERE.

Governmental Policy and Reports (Europe)

Amendment to Cosmetics Regulation by European Commission Permits Titanium Dioxide (Nano) as UV Filter

The European Commission (EC) made an announcement of a regulation in the Official Journal of the European Union which amends Annex VI, the list of ultraviolet (UV) filters allowed in cosmetic products.READ MORE HERE.

Board of Appeals Annuls ECHA's Request for More Information on Four REACH Nanomaterial Dossiers

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has performed compliance checks on four nanomaterial Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) dossiers. READ MORE HERE.

Review of Nanomaterial Products and Application in Agriculture, Feed, and Food in the EU

A review has been published in the August 2016 issue of Trends in Food Science & Technology which was requested by the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) regarding applications of nanomaterials which are already marketed and in-development in the agri/feed/food sectors.READ MORE HERE.

Governmental Policy and Reports (Other)

Regulation of Nanomaterials Under CEPA Proposed in Canada

The bill, titled Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) (nanotechnology) (C-287) would amend CEPA and set up procedures for “the investigation and assessment of nanomaterials”. READ MORE HERE.

New Activities Added to the "Global Plan of Action of the Strategic Approach" Relating to Nanotechnologies and Manufactured Nanomaterials

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has announced new work activities to promote the environmentally sound management of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials (NM).READ MORE HERE.

Other News

FBRI Receives Multi-Million Dollar Grant to Study Wood to Jet Fuel Technology

The U.S Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration announced it will invest more than $4 million dollars to diversify and grow Maine’s economy, with funds earmarked for the forest sector.READ MORE HERE.

Special Issue of Risk Analysis Journal Explores Alternate Testing for Nanomaterials

Several themes were explored by The Emerging Nanoscale Materials Specialty Group (ENMSG) of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) co-organized by Jo Anne Shatkin and Kimberly Ong with a wonderful team of collaborators in a 2014 workshop on the use of alternate testing strategies (ATS) for risk assessment of nanomaterials.READ MORE HERE.

Vireo Advisors Announces Workshop at TAPPI Nanotechnology Conference

Vireo Advisors will host a workshop at TAPPI Nanotechnology Conference on June 5, 2017, entitled, "Health, Safety, and Environmental Considerations for Bio/Nano Technologies". Contact Jo Anne Shatkin for more information.

Turner Falls Paper the New Name of Southworth Company/Paperlogic

On September 12, 2016, Vireo Advisors’ client Southworth Company/Paperlogic announced their new company name “Turner Falls Paper”.READ MORE HERE.

U.S. Army ERDC Survey Assists in the Development of Nano-Enabled Products and Nanomaterials

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is creating a web-based program which will assist small businesses asses their compliance with occupational, health, and environmental safety standards when integrating and developing nanoscale materials.READ MORE HERE.

Latest Nanocellulose Applications

Keeping you up to date with the most exciting nanocellulose applications!

USFS Forest Product Laboratory's Alan Rudie Discusses Nanocellulose on the Radio

Alan Rudie and Dan Blessing talk about the exciting prospects of nanocellulose in Wisconsin.READ MORE HERE.

Examining iENMS and their impacts on the GI Tract and Health

“The role of the food matrix and gastrointestinal tract in the assessment of biological properties of ingested engineered nanomaterials (iENMs): State of the science and knowledge gaps” in NanoImpact.READ MORE HERE.

Healthy Babies, Bright Futures Shines Light on Toxic Exposure in Babies' First 1000 Days

An effort of the John Merck Fund, working to limit exposures to toxic chemicals to reduce the prevalence of a variety of developmental disorders, focusing on reducing exposure to toxicants during the first 1000 days of development.

Job Opportunity in Northern Maine Area!

Stars Recruiting and Consulting Inc is recruiting for a position as Environmental & Product Stewardship Manager in the Forest Products Industry. READ MORE HERE.

Nanomaterials in the News

Tiny Iron Particles from Air Pollution Found in Human Brain

Iron particles may be traveling up your nose and into your brain through nerve endings...READ MORE HERE.

National Nanotechnology Day

People around the world celebrated on October 9th (think nanometer scale!)

U.K.'s Coffee Addiction Leaves them Caffeinated, Leaves Next Generation with Waste Legacy

Scientists warn that disposable coffee cups from their favorite coffee shops could take as long as 30 years to break down READ MORE HERE.