PPG Volunteers for Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program

PPG Industries of Pittsburgh has volunteered to participate in the basic program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program.

The agency launched the 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.

"PPG has been engaged in innovative product development based on the application of nanoscale materials for some time," said Jim Trainham, 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."

In a letter to the company, James Gulliford, EPA assistant administrator, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, said, "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."

The company will 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.

PPG's 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.

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