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March 15th, 2011
Green Chemistry Makes Many See Red
John DiLoreto
CEO/Founder, NanoReg

Green chemistry. What is this savior that will rescue our doomed planet from the evils of toxic chemicals? One basic premise is that they can be eliminated from many products by simply replacing them with non-toxic chemicals. In theory, this would make a nice situation where we would never have to be exposed to toxic substances and the new substances will be safe because we have designed substitutes which will not pose any threat to man nor beast. I remain skeptical but others are convinced this goal is achievable. While I don't claim to be a mystic with the ability to predict the future, I can say with a great deal of confidence that this is going to end badly. Read the Whole Article

November 17th, 2010
The Politics of Fear and Anti-Nanotechnology Activism
John DiLoreto
CEO/Founder, NanoReg

In the fascinating world of politics, Tea Party activists have gained a reputation by claiming to possess the ability to solve complex social issues with simplistic solutions. At times the solutions appear to make sense but the basis for the solutions is often grounded in misrepresentations, half-truths and a basic disregard for facts. This philosophy is not restricted to day-to-day politics as seen by an ever-growing campaign of anti-nanotechnology initiatives. Read the Whole Article

September 7th, 2010
We Should Have Seen It Coming: States Regulating Nanotechnology
John DiLoreto
CEO/Founder, NanoReg

Regulatory change at the federal level frequently takes a very long time. The sluggish wheels of the federal government have evolved to be more reactive than proactive and that's why important issues often have to reach a critical stage before any action is taken. When the federal government fails to take action states are often willing and sometimes better able to implement regulatory changes. This is true for most issues and when it comes to chemicals, and now nanomaterials, that change is already happening. Read the Whole Article

July 26th, 2010
What Drives the Regulation of Nanomaterials?
John DiLoreto
CEO/Founder, NanoReg

There are many influences on regulatory policies for chemicals and nanomaterials and it's important for us to understand the dynamics affecting the regulatory process. Regulatory policy and the development of science-based regulations can often be a complex give and take among producers and users, government regulators and the public. Read the Whole Article

May 23rd, 2010
The Steady Drum Beat of Nanotechnology Regulation
John DiLoreto
CEO/Founder, NanoReg

In earlier columns I focused on the regulation of nanotechnology by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Agency, perhaps emboldened by calls for TSCA reform and introduction of the Safe Chemicals Act, has taken a more aggressive enforcement stance and recently announced its intention expand this role under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The statute regulates pesticides and antimicrobials but federal officials have been largely silent on the impact of nanotechnology under the statute. Recent proclamations by EPA officials indicate that change is in the wind once again. Read the Whole Article

April 15th, 2010
2010 To Be a Busy Year for Regulation of Nanotechnology
John DiLoreto
CEO/Founder, NanoReg

On April 15th congressional leaders were busy announcing legislation to tighten chemical regulatory policy in the U.S. The House of Representatives released a discussion draft of legislation to revise the Toxic Substances Control Act while the Senate released a draft bill to enact changes to the primary chemical control law that has been in effect since 1976. The draft legislation would appear to steer away from nano-specific regulations but many of the proposed changes will deeply impact the nanotechnology community. Recent presentations by EPA officials provide a richer understanding of the changes taking place within the Agency's approach to chemical regulatory policy and more specifically, where nanomaterials fit into that policy. Read the Whole Article

March 28th, 2010
The Intersection of Nanotechnology and Chemical Regulatory Policy
John DiLoreto
CEO/Founder, NanoReg

The most important chemical substance regulatory statute in the U.S. is now facing challenges in many ways and some are wondering if nanotechnology is fueling the fire for change. The Environmental Protection Agency has moved beyond voluntary programs and took several regulatory enforcement actions which portend an even more aggressive approach toward the regulation of nanomaterials in 2010. Read the Whole Article
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