The US-American Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a significant new
use rule (SNUR) for multi-walled carbon nanotubes under Section 5(a)(2) of the
Toxic Substances Control Act.
The proposed rule does not identify all types of companies or organizations
that would be affected, but it does say manufacturers, importers, or processors
of the tubes (NAICS codes 325 and 324110), such as chemical manufacturing and
petroleum refineries, could be. If the rule is finalized, anyone intending to
manufacture, import, or process multi-walled carbon nanotubes for an activity
that is designated as a significant new use would have to notify EPA at least
90 days in advance, giving the agency time to evaluate the intended use and
prohibit it, if necessary.
EPA is accepting comments until March 5 (citing docket ID number
EPA-HQ-OPPT-2009-0686) via www.regulations.gov.
Section 5(a)(2) of the act says EPA must consider all relevant factors before
determining a use of a chemical substance is a significant new use, including:
EPA said it also considered relevant information about toxicity, likely human
exposures, and environmental releases associated with possible uses in this
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