National Nanotechnology Initiative Releases Retrospective Video Highlighting Past 20 Years

Posted on August 10th, 2022 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to recommend the following:

National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Releases Video Trailer to Highlight Documentary on NNI over the Past 20 Years – Produced by TV Worldwide

NNI Retrospective Video: Creating a National Initiative

Washington, D.C., August 4, 2022 – TV Worldwide, since 1999, a pioneering web-based global TV network, announced that it was releasing a video trailer highlighting a previously released documentary on NNI over the past 20 years, entitled, ‘NNI Retrospective Video: Creating a National Initiative’.

The video and its trailer were produced in cooperation with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the National Science Foundation and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

The 3-minute video trailer can be viewed by clicking here.

The full video documentary can be viewed by clicking here.

Video Documentary Synopsis

Nanotechnology is a megatrend in science and technology at the beginning of the 21 Century. The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has played a key role in advancing the field after it was announced by President Clinton in January 2000. Neil Lane was Presidential Science Advisor. Mike Roco proposed the initiative at the White House in March 1999 on behalf of the Interagency Working Group on Nanotechnology and was named the founding Chair of NSET to implement NNI beginning with Oct. 2000. NSF led the preparation of this initiative together with other agencies including NIH, DoD, DOE, NASA, and EPA. Jim Murday was named the first Director of NNCO to support NSET. The scientific and societal success of NNI has been recognized in the professional communities, National Academies, PCAST, and Congress. Nanoscale science, engineering and technology are strongly connected and collectively called Nanotechnology.

This video documentary was made after the 20th NNI grantees conference at NSF. It is focused on creating and implementing NNI, through video interviews. The interviews focused on three questions: (a) Motivation and how NNI started; (b) The process and reason for the success in creating NNI; (c) Outcomes of NNI after 20 years, and how the initial vision has been realized.

About the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is a U.S. Government research and development (R&D) initiative. Over thirty Federal departments, independent agencies, and commissions work together toward the shared vision of a future in which the ability to understand and control matter at the nanoscale leads to ongoing revolutions in technology and industry that benefit society. The NNI enhances interagency coordination of nanotechnology R&D, supports a shared infrastructure, enables leveraging of resources while avoiding duplication, and establishes shared goals, priorities, and strategies that complement agency-specific missions and activities.

The NNI participating agencies work together to advance discovery and innovation across the nanotechnology R&D enterprise. The NNI portfolio encompasses efforts along the entire technology development pathway, from early-stage fundamental science through applications-driven activities. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are prevalent across the R&D landscape, with an ever-growing list of applications that includes nanomedicine, nanoelectronics, water treatment, precision agriculture, transportation, and energy generation and storage. The NNI brings together representatives from multiple agencies to leverage knowledge and resources and to collaborate with academia and the private sector, as appropriate, to promote technology transfer and facilitate commercialization. The breadth of NNI-supported infrastructure enables not only the nanotechnology community but also researchers from related disciplines.

In addition to R&D efforts, the NNI is helping to build the nanotechnology workforce of the future, with focused efforts from K–12 through postgraduate research training. The responsible development of nanotechnology has been an integral pillar of the NNI since its inception, and the initiative proactively considers potential implications and technology applications at the same time. Collectively, these activities ensure that the United States remains not only the place where nanoscience discoveries are made, but also where these discoveries are translated and manufactured into products to benefit society.

About TV Worldwide

Founded in 1999, TV Worldwide.com, Inc. (t/a TV Worldwide, Inc., www.TVWorldwide.com) is a veteran-owned Internet TV solutions company that developed the first network of community-based Internet TV channels, primarily targeting niche enterprise/professional audiences ranging from the maritime industry to the cybersecurity and federal/public sectors. Known by many in the industry as “Intelligent Internet TV,” Fortune 500 companies, 40 federal government agencies, and numerous associations including the National Association of Broadcasters have partnered with TV Worldwide to utilize TV Worldwide’s live and on-demand state-of-the art video streaming content applications and Internet TV channels. In recognition of the company’s pioneering unique achievements in new media solutions and content development, TV Worldwide has been selected by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) to webcast past Daytime Emmy Awards and the Emmy awards for Technology and Engineering. TV Worldwide Chairman and CEO Dave Gardy, has been honored by Streaming Media Magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy also has served as the President of the International Webcasting Association (IWA) and was a member of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Corporate Council.

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The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) is holding a raffle fundraiser to award scholarships for the future leaders of the Nanotechnology Community.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER GOAL $25,000

Raffle tickets $25 each BUY TICKETS

Drawing held on September 5th

50% of the winnings will go to the scholarship fund

50% of the winnings will go to the raffle winner

We hope you join the initiative to fund the next generation of Nanotechnology leaders.

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In addition to recommending events that are relevant to our nanotechnology community, NanoBCA offers our members the opportunity to participate in our monthly webinars. Our monthly webinars address topics involving the relationship between the science of nanotechnology and Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS), US Legislation, Covid-19, Education, Finance, Manufacturing and Foreign Policy.

Our next NanoBCA webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24th at 2PM ET.

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP $250

ACADEMIC/YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP $100

START-UP CORPORATION MEMBERSHIP $1,000

CORPORATION MEMBERSHIP $2,500

One of the benefits of NanoBCA membership is access to our previous webinars with America’s leading scientists and engineers.

We look forward to continuing our legacy relationships and welcoming a new generation of NanoBCA members.

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Once again, we highly recommend viewing the NNI Retrospective Video: Creating a National Initiative.

NanoBCA Recommends: TSCA New Chemical Engineering Initiative Webinar 7/27 1PM ET

Posted on July 25th, 2022 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to recommend the following:

TSCA New Chemical Engineering Initiative to Increase Transparency and Reduce Rework: Kick-Off Meeting
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
1:PM ET

REGISTER

EPA is conducting a broad outreach effort to describe and discuss with stakeholders how the Agency evaluates data provided for new chemicals submissions and common issues that cause EPA to have to reconduct risk assessments (“rework”) for these submissions. The kick-off meeting will provide an in-depth look at EPA’s rework analysis.

The recording for the webinar on “TSCA Reform – Six Years Later” is available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-a55UuOO1M&t=1s

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We are pleased to announce that the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) is holding a raffle fundraiser to award scholarships for the future leaders of the Nanotechnology Community.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER GOAL $25,000

Raffle tickets $25 each BUY TICKETS
Drawing held on September 5th
50% of the winnings will go to the scholarship fund
50% of the winnings will go to the raffle winner

We hope you join the initiative to fund the next generation of Nanotechnology leaders.

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In addition to recommending events that are relevant to our nanotechnology community, NanoBCA offers our members the opportunity to participate in our monthly webinars. Our monthly webinars address topics involving the relationship between the science of nanotechnology and Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS), US Legislation, Covid-19, Education, Finance, Manufacturing and Foreign Policy.

Our next NanoBCA webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24th at 2PM ET.

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP $250

ACADEMIC/YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP $100

START-UP CORPORATION MEMBERSHIP $1,000

CORPORATION MEMBERSHIP $2,500

One of the benefits of NanoBCA membership is access to our previous webinars with America’s leading scientists and engineers.

We look forward to continuing our legacy relationships and welcoming a new generation of NanoBCA members.

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Once again, we highly recommend registering for TSCA New Chemical Engineering Initiative to Increase Transparency and Reduce Rework: Kick-Off Meeting.

NanoBCA Webinar – 7/20 2PM ET

Posted on July 19th, 2022 | No Comments »

AGENDA

2:00-2:05  Opening Remarks
Vincent Caprio
Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA)
vincentcaprio@nynanobusiness.org

Supreme Court curbs EPA’s power to limit greenhouse gas emissions
NBC News

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2:05-2:15  EHS Update 
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
NanoBCA EHS Chair
lbergeson@lawbc.com

Register Now—“TSCA New Approach Methodologies” Webinar On August 3, 2022

Austrian Academy of Sciences Publishes NanoTrust Dossier on Advanced Materials

EPA Issues a Proposed Consent Decree Regarding Petition Concerning Treated Seeds and Treated Article Exemption

EPA’s Spring 2022 Unified Agenda Includes Proposed and Final TSCA and TRI Rules

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2:15-2:25 Legislative Update
Paul Stimers
Partner, K&L Gates
NanoBCA Policy Advisor
paul.stimers@klgates.com

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2:25-2:55 Scaling Nanotechnology with AI
Matthew Putman, PhD
CEO, Nanotronics
matthew@nanotronics.co

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3:00 Conclusion

NanoBCA Scholarship Fundraiser

Posted on July 11th, 2022 | No Comments »

We are pleased to announce that the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) is holding a raffle fundraiser to award scholarships for the future leaders of the Nanotechnology Community. We want to provide young minds with opportunities to make our world a better place. The Science of Nanotechnology provides young people the opportunity to research the cure for cancer, work in the biotech industry to develop vaccines, build lithium batteries for electric cars and create nanomaterials that help the environment.

These future engineers and scientists will study topics involving the relationship between the Science of Nanotechnology and Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS), US Legislation, COVID-19, Education, Finance, Manufacturing and Foreign Policy. We encourage students to become part of the Nanotechnology Community to learn how the Science of Nanotechnology is utilized in the Biotech, Manufacturing, Water, Defense, Chemical and Materials Industries.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER GOAL $25,000

Raffle tickets $25 each BUY TICKETS

Drawing held on September 5th
50% of the winnings will go to the scholarship fund
50% of the winnings will go to the raffle winner

We would like to thank all of our loyal members during the past 20 years. We have achieved many successes with your continued participation. THANK YOU! We look forward to continuing these legacy relationships and welcoming a new generation of NanoBCA members.

We hope you join the initiative to fund the next generation of Nanotechnology leaders.

NanoBCA Recommends: TSCA Reform – Six Years Later 6/29 9:15AM ET

Posted on June 23rd, 2022 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to recommend the following complimentary virtual conference:

B&C, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health will present “TSCA Reform – Six Years Later” on June 29, 2022. This complimentary virtual conference marks the sixth TSCA Annual Conference, reflecting on the accomplishments and challenges since the implementation of the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and where TSCA stands today. Speakers will dive into a host of topics, including the interface of science and policy under TSCA, new chemicals, risk evaluation and management, the regulation of articles, and more. Register here.

FULL AGENDA (subject to change):

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.     Welcome and Overview of Virtual Forum

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   Morning Keynote Discussion

Michal Ilana Freedhoff, Ph.D., Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Panel 1: The Interface of Science and Policy under TSCA
This panel will examine key issues at the interface of science and policy under TSCA, including the continuing role of animal studies in supporting risk evaluations, the potential use of New Approach Methodologies (NAM) to inform safety determinations for new and existing chemicals, scientific integrity and the TSCA program, methodologies for systematic review, and more.
– Moderated by James J. Jones, President, J. Jones Environmental

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Panel 2: New Chemical Review
The TSCA New Chemicals Program was strengthened in the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and what the law requires has been vigorously debated. This panel will discuss opportunities for transparency, processes to guide new chemical review, new approaches to assess chemical risks, protection of workers, use of Significant New Use Rules (SNUR) and Section 5(e) orders, and more.
– Moderated by Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P.

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.    Panel 3: Risk Evaluation and Management
With the “first 10” evaluations completed, this panel will look back at the lessons learned and areas for improvement; discuss EPA efforts to enhance these evaluations through risk determinations for fenceline communities, revised worker protection assumptions, and the “whole chemical approach”; examine the asbestos risk management proposal and other emerging risk management approaches; evaluate the impact of resource constraints on meeting statutory deadlines; discuss the role of environmental justice considerations; and more.
– Moderated by Robert M. Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Panel 4: TSCA Regulation of ArticlesTSCA requirements can apply to “articles,” a manufactured good or finished product.  This panel will discuss the potential role of articles as contributors to health and environmental concerns, EPA’s push to remove traditional exemptions of articles and resulting compliance and implementation challenges, potential new rules for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and asbestos requiring reporting on articles, and the application of SNURs and risk management rules to articles, and more.
– Moderated by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell P.C.

5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.   Concluding Remarks and Adjournment

Join B&C, ELI, the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, leading experts, and distinguished keynote speakers for a robust exploration of the issues and regulations surrounding TSCA. Full program and registration available online.

Materials from the 2021 conference are available at https://www.lawbc.com/news/recording-of-tsca-reform-five-years-later-conference-and-other-resources-av

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Once again, we highly recommend registering for TSCA Reform – Six Years Later, a comprehensive virtual conference provided by Bergeson & Campbell.

NanoBCA Webinar – Weds 6/22 2PM ET

Posted on June 21st, 2022 | No Comments »

AGENDA

2:00-2:05  Opening Remarks
Vincent Caprio
Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA)
vincentcaprio@nynanobusiness.org

NanoBCA’s First Event – May 20, 2002
Nanotech’s development called inevitable
UPI Science News

Senate Armed Services panel goes big with new defense budget
Roll Call

National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Public Webinar – Nanotechnology Commercialization: Perspectives from a Regional Innovation Ecosystem

2:05-2:15  EHS Update 
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
NanoBCA EHS Chair
lbergeson@lawbc.com

EC Revises Definition of Nanomaterials

EPA Requests Public Nominations Of Experts To Review New Chemicals Research Program

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Will Hold Hearing on Implementation of the Lautenberg Act

2:15-2:30 Legislative Update
Paul Stimers
Partner, K&L Gates
NanoBCA Policy Advisor
paul.stimers@klgates.com

2:30-2:40 Wall Street Update
Scott Livingston
CEO, Livingston Securities
scott@livingstonsecurities.com

2:40-3:00 COVID-19 Update
2021 NanoBCA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Sam Brauer, PhD
Founder & Principal, Nanotech Plus
sbrauer@nano-biz.com

Paxlovid Resistance: Challenges And Opportunities
Forbes

3:00 Conclusion

Vincent Caprio Takes Part in 9/11 Survivor and Responder Event

Posted on June 14th, 2022 | No Comments »

As a 9/11 survivor and responder, Vince Caprio of Easton said he was privileged to be part of a recent commemoration to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on America. VOICES Center for Resiliency invited members of the 9/11 community to participate in a solemn candle lighting service honoring responders, survivors, and those who have died of 9/11-related illness.

May 30 marks the 20th anniversary of the end of the nine-month rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero. On that day, thousands attended the solemn ceremony where firefighters, law enforcement, and elected officials stood at attention as the last beam, draped in an American flag, was ceremoniously carried up the ramp.

Click here to  watch video.

To mark the milestone, VOICES honored the 9/11 responders and survivors with a candle lighting ceremony and panel discussion about the creation of the Memorial Glade with special guests Alice Greenwald, 9/11 Memorial & Museum president; Michael Arad, architect of the 9/11 Museum and Memorial Glade, and John Feal, activist.

You can view the panel discussion here.

From 9/11 to today, VOICES has been helping families and communities heal. Its mission is to assist communities recovering from tragedy and provide long-term support and resources that promote mental health care and wellness, for victims’ families, responders and survivors.

Vincent Caprio, 9/11 Survivor and 9/11 Responder Participated in May 30th Commemoration

Posted on June 1st, 2022 | No Comments »

As a 9/11 Survivor and 9/11 Responder I was privileged to participate in the May 30th Commemoration Honoring 9/11 Responders and Survivors

To mark the 20th anniversary, VOICES invited members of the 9/11 community to participate in a solemn candle lighting service honoring responders, survivors, and those who have died of 9/11-related illness.

9/11 Community Candle Lighting Ceremony

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO

May 30th marks the 20th Anniversary of the end of the 9-month rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero. On that day, thousands attended the solemn ceremony where firefighters, law enforcement, and elected officials stood at attention – as the last beam, draped in an American flag was ceremoniously carried up the ramp.

To mark this important milestone, we are honoring the 9/11 responders and survivors by sharing our Candle Lighting Ceremony and a discussion with special guests Alice Greenwald, Michael Arad, and John Feal, about the creation of the Memorial Glade.

Commemorating the 9/11 Responders and Survivors

On May 24th, VOICES hosted an panel discussion with Alice Greenwald, 9/11 Memorial & Museum President, Michael Arad, Architect of the 9/11 Museum and Memorial Glade, and activist John Feal.

View the Panel Discussion

EPA Seeks Nominations for Technical Experts to Review New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program

Posted on May 31st, 2022 | No Comments »

I would like to share with you a fabulous opportunity for those of us in the nanotechnology community and chemical industry.

EPA Seeks Nominations for Technical Experts to Review New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program

Authored by
Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell
Carla N. Hutton, Regulatory Analyst, Bergeson & Campbell

On May 27, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested nominations for technical experts to serve as special government employees (SGE) to participate in the review of the New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program with the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), a federal advisory committee to EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD). 87 Fed. Reg. 32161. BOSC will be evaluating ORD’s draft Strategic Research Action Plans Fiscal Years 2023-2026 in fall 2022. According to EPA, the fall 2022 meeting will provide a more in-depth evaluation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program and associated research plan. EPA states that it will provide an additional draft document that summarizes technical details of the research plan. ORD, in partnership with the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), proposes to develop and implement a multi-year collaborative research program focused on approaches for performing risk assessments on new chemical substances under TSCA.

EPA will consider nominees from industry, business, public and private research institutes or organizations, academia, government (federal, state, local, and Tribal), non-governmental organizations, and other relevant interest areas. EPA notes that it values and welcomes diversity. EPA encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, race, disability, or ethnicity.

EPA invites nominations of individuals to serve as SGEs with expertise or extensive experience in the following scientific disciplines and topic areas as they relate to human health and the environment:

– Using data to develop predictive models and use of predictive models in data-poor environments:

  • Read across and analogue selection;
  • Chemical structures and cheminformatics; and
  • Quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR);

– Development, implementation, and validation of new approach methods (NAM). Relevant expertise may include:

  • Veterinary pathology or comparative physiology for perspective on relevance of laboratory animals for predicting human outcomes; and
  • Reference data curation to support validation;

– Computational modeling, bioinformatics, and/or statistics;

– Toxicokinetics, physiologically based pharmacokinetic models (PBPK), and in vitro to in vivo extrapolation (IVIVE);

– Systems biology;

– Human health and ecological risk assessment;

– Exposure modeling and/or assessment, including near-field and far-field sources;

– Knowledge of TSCA; and

– Environmental fate of chemicals.

Nominations are due June 30, 2022. More information on EPA’s Draft Document on “Modernizing the Process and Bringing Innovative Science to Evaluate New Chemicals Under TSCA” is available in our March 14, 2022, memorandum.

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On Wednesday, April 20, 2022 I had the opportunity to testify on behalf of the NanoBCA at the EPA’s TSCA New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program Meeting. I would like to share my testimony with our nanotechnology community.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY TESTIMONY

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In addition to recommending events that are relevant to our nanotechnology community, NanoBCA offers our members the opportunity to participate in our monthly webinars. Our monthly webinars address topics involving the relationship between the science of nanotechnology and Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS), US Legislation, Covid-19, Education, Finance, Manufacturing and Foreign Policy.

Our next NanoBCA webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22nd at 2PM ET.

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP $250

ACADEMIC/YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP $100

START-UP CORPORATION MEMBERSHIP $1,000

CORPORATION MEMBERSHIP $2,500

One of the benefits of NanoBCA membership is access to our previous webinars with America’s leading scientists and engineers.

We look forward to continuing our legacy relationships and welcoming a new generation of NanoBCA members.

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I highly recommend that you take the time to consider this unique opportunity.

NanoBCA Webinar – Weds 5/25 2PM ET

Posted on May 25th, 2022 | No Comments »

AGENDA

2:00-2:05  Opening Remarks

Vincent Caprio
Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA)
vincentcaprio@nynanobusiness.org

Domestic Chemical Regulation and Achieving Circularity Webinar
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Presented by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®)

Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C

Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C

Kate Sellers, Technical Fellow at ERM

Mathy Stanislaus, Vice Provost and Executive Director of Drexel University’s Environmental Collaboratory

2:05-2:15  EHS Update
Carla N. Hutton
Regulatory Analyst, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
chutton@lawbc.com

EPA Amends Several TSCA Section 4 Test Orders for Chemicals Undergoing Risk Evaluation

Improvements to ECHA’s Chemicals Database Include Nanomaterial Form Characterization Information

EPA Publishes Notice Concerning Court-Ordered Stay of Effectiveness for Pesticide Application Exclusion Zone Provision of the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard

2:15-2:30 Legislative Update
Paul Stimers
Partner, K&L Gates
NanoBCA Policy Advisor
paul.stimers@klgates.com

2:30-2:50 State of the Water Industry 2022
Alan Hinchman
Chief Revenue Officer, GrayMatter Systems
GrayMatter Events & Webinars
ahinchman@graymattersystems.com

2:50-3:00 Q&A

3:00 Conclusion