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EPA takes first step in filling nanotech information gaps
Date:1/28/2008

testing to determine the risks posed by the substance.

Davies adds, The agencys current oversight approach is inadequate to deal with nanotechnology. It is essential that EPA move quickly to recognize the novel biological and ecological characteristics of nanoscale materials. It can do this by using the new uses provisions of TSCA, a subject not mentioned in the EPAs concept document. With the approach outlined by EPA and because of the weaknesses in the law, the agency is not even able to identify which substances are nanomaterials, much less determine whether they pose a hazard.

PEN science advisor Andrew Maynard added, EPAs approach ignores the existing scientific research that suggests different nanostructures with the same molecular identity present different hazards.

In May 2007, Davies authored the first in-depth analysis of EPAs nanotech readiness, EPA and Nanotechnology: Oversight for the 21st Century. This PEN report is available at http://www.nanotechproject.org/124/.

The report recommends more than 25 actions that need to be takenby EPA, Congress, the President, the National Nanotechnology Initiative, and the nanotech industryto improve the oversight of nanotechnologies.


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Contact: Colin Finan
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Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
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