PPG Joins U.S. EPA Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program

March 31, 2008
PPG will report available information on engineered nanoscale materials it manufactures, imports or uses.

PPG Industries has volunteered to participate in the basic program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys (EPAs) Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP). The EPA launched the voluntary program in January to gather key scientific information to help it assess, and where appropriate make decisions on, chemical nanoscale materials in or slated for production.

I believe that early and active industry participation in the NMSP can help ensure the responsible development, use and acceptance of nanoscale materials in the marketplace, said James Gulliford, EPA assistant administrator, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances.

PPG will participate in the NMSP basic program and voluntarily report available information on engineered nanoscale materials it manufactures, imports or uses. These data include information on material characterization, hazard, use, potential exposures and risk-management practices.

PPGs nanotechnology solutions include patented innovations such as thin-film, optically clear nanocomposites for scratch and mar resistance as well as the reflection of infrared and ultraviolet light from glass.

PPG has been engaged in innovative product development based on the application of nanoscale materials for some time, said Jim Trainham, PPG vice president, science and technology. As a leader in nanotechnology, we are committed to participating in broad-based government and private-sector efforts to support its safe and beneficial use.

For more information on NMSP visit http://www.epa.gov/oppt/nano/stewardship.htm

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