Navigation Links
Federal toxics disclosure law could help inform public of nanotechnology risks
Date:2/26/2008

The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) is releasing a first-time legal analysis that finds a key federal toxics reporting statute could be applied to production and commercialization of nanotechnology, providing the public with more information about these revolutionary -- yet still potentially risky -- technologies.

But before the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) authorities can be applied to nanomaterials, in most cases more toxicological data must be developed to better understand the potential human health and environmental impacts of these cutting-edge technologies. The analysis, conducted by two noted environmental law experts, finds that federal authorities may need to be amended to address reporting thresholds that may not apply effectively to nanomaterials because of their unique characteristics.

"There needs to be development of additional toxicological data on nanomaterials, but in theory TRI could be applied to nanomaterials. The key question is whether EPA will make any determinations about whether particular nanomaterials constitute toxic chemicals," says Linda Breggin, one the authors of the analysis and Senior Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute.

The landmark analysis comes as over 40 environmental, consumer, labor and other groups are calling for regulation and disclosure of products containing nanomaterials, and as congressional lawmakers are considering legislation to expand reporting requirements for environmental pollutants under TRI. Although currently proposed legislation does not specifically address nanomaterials, a public dialogue about the benefits and costs of TRI is underway that could include discussion of the program's application to nanomaterials, the new PEN analysis says.

At the local level the City of Berkeley, Calif., adopted in 2006 a disclosure ordinance that requires nanomaterial manufacturers to disclose the known risks of their products. Now Cambridge, Mass., is considering a similar ordinance, and other local governments may follow suit.

"If Cambridge passes an ordinance similar to Berkeley's, who knows how many other cities or other municipalities will follow"" says PEN Director David Rejeski. "Soon we could have a patchwork of cities across the country with nanotech disclosure ordinances, which is why environmental law experts should take the time now to make the decision as to whether TRI is a tool that can be used at the federal level to disclose nanomaterials' potential risks."

The report also emphasizes the importance of recognizing that several additional right-to-know or disclosure-related laws and initiatives should be explored as possible disclosure vehicles for environmental, health, and safety risks that could be associated with nanomaterials. The report also highlights the fact that additional research is required to determine whether application of TRI to nanomaterials should be pursued as a policy priority in the near term.


'/>"/>

Contact: Colin Finan
colin.finan@wilsoncenter.org
202-691-4321
Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Phoenix Academys Therapeutic Community Model Is First to be Federally Recognized as Evidence-Based
2. Federal Health IT Market to Reach $4.5 Billion by 2013
3. Greenway Medical Technologies Broadens Sales Efforts With Entrance Into Federally Qualified Health Center Marketplace
4. AOTA Gets Profession Addressed on House Floor in Federal Loan Repayment Bill
5. Bush Budget Cuts Federal Health Programs Vital to the Health of All Children
6. Merck Pays More Than $400 Million to Settle Federal, State Medicaid Fraud Investigation Sparked by Qui Tam Whistleblower Case Detailing Marketing Schemes for Vioxx(R), Zocor(R), Several Other Drugs
7. UTMB wins $3.4 million federal grant to study addiction-recovery drugs
8. Texas Health Care Association Urges Texas Congressional Delegation to Fight Planned Federal Cuts to Medicaid, Medicare
9. On Heels of SCHIP Veto, President Advocates Eliminating Federal Funding for Training Childrens Doctors
10. Changes needed in how federal government evaluates efficiency of research at EPA, other agencies
11. Child Abuse and Neglect Cost Nation over $100 Billion per Year; Most Federal Child Welfare Funds Unavailable for Prevention Services and Programs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... announces today that they have teamed up with The American College of Surgeons ... the ACS’s Committee on Trauma, the “Bleeding Control Basic” course is a pilot ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... Fl (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... that will give patients better access to nutraceuticals and help doctors more efficiently ... EMR patient portal and practice management software platform for Integrative and Functional Medicine. ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 03, 2016 , ... ... transitions and many more tools allowing FCPX editors to create professional looking video ... Studios. , Perfect Harmony contains a beautifully designed 3D environment for placing ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 03, 2016 , ... ... at the 2016 Anti-Aging & Beauty Awards at The Aesthetic & ... & Anti-Aging Medicine European Congress (AMEC) brings together the industry’s leading scientific ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 04, 2016 , ... ... presets that have new attractive animation styles with unique displacement design elements," said ... 30 pre-animated lower third designs. Choose from a variety of design styles that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2, 2016 Quantum Radiology,s Mobile Breast Center ... interpretation directly to women at the workplace, thereby maximizing ... as Delta Air Lines and SunTrust Bank, and community ... component of wellness initiatives. "I think it,s ... enables them to have a mammogram without taking a ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ALEXANDRIA, Va. , Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ ... year by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy ... care organizations can better address the opioid addiction ... Medication Assisted Therapies (MAT). ATAG,s newly ... in Improving Access to Naloxone," addresses many issues ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2, 2016 CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: ... in New York City on Thursday, December 15, 2016, beginning at 8:00 a.m. ... will provide an in-depth review of the company,s strategies ... company will also discuss 2017 earnings guidance during the ... the event will be broadcast simultaneously on the Investor ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: