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Former EPA official calls for new environmental and consumer protection agency
Date:4/28/2009

Existing health and safety agencies are unable to cope with the risk assessment, standard setting and oversight challenges of advancing nanotechnology. The nation needs a new agency to address current forms of pollution and to deal with the health and environmental impacts of the technically complex products promised by rapid 21st century scientific advances.

In a landmark paper, Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology, J. Clarence (Terry) Davies calls for a new Department of Environmental and Consumer Protection to oversee product regulation, pollution control and monitoring, and technology assessment.

According to Davies, "Federal regulatory agencies already suffer from under-funding and bureaucratic ossification, but they will require more than just increased budgets and minor rule changes to deal adequately with the potential adverse effects of new technologies. New thinking, new laws and new organizational forms are necessary. Many of these changes will take a decade or more to accomplish, but there is an urgent need given the rapid pace of technological change to start thinking about them now."

In the 21st century governments face emerging technologies that enable common materials and chemicals to be manipulated in sophisticated ways at the nanoscale, which may pose unknown and not yet understood risks to human health and the environment. These novel materials improve performance of almost any product imaginable, from cosmetics to car batteries to cancer treatments, but little is know about the risks they may pose and there are many questions concerning their life-cycle impact.

"The idea for a new environmental and consumer protection agency may seem far-fetched to some, but before the creation of EPA in 1970 the idea of an organization dedicated to regulating pollutants harmful to human health and the environment also seemed far-fetched," says David Rejeski, the director of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. "Today, agenc
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Contact: Colin Finan
colin.finan@wilsoncenter.org
202-691-4321
Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
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